'Head of a Young Girl Veiled' Print, 2019


Kehinde Wiley's 'Head of a Young Girl Veiled' is part of a limited edition print of only 30 copies by Absolut Art. In its powerful execution, this work speaks to the layered complexities of sight and knowledge of cross cultural races, hovering at the intersection between the masculine and feminine, historic and present references. Wiley's overwhelmingly stunning portraiture style, sews together both traditional formats and motifs with contemporary representations, harmoniously reflected by Wiley's vibrant color choices and pattern work in this exceptional piece. This piece is in excellent condition and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Absolut Art. Contact us with any further questions! .
Kehinde Wiley


Working exclusively in portraiture, Kehinde Wiley fuses traditional formats and motifs with modern modes of representation. Selecting works from old masters like Peter Paul Rubens or Jacques-Louis David, Wiley replaces the historical figures with handsome young black men. In his related, ongoing “World Stage” series, Wiley’s heroic figures are depicted in front of colorful background patterns that make specific reference to textiles and decorative patterns of various cultures, from 19th-century Judaica paper cutouts to Martha Stewart’s interior color swatches. Wiley’s penchant for jarring juxtapositions stems from his desire to complicate notions of group identity. “How do we…go beyond the media stereotypes about national identity?” he has said. “I don't really think about myself as a young gay black American, nor do I interface with my Brazilian or Mexican or Jewish friends that way.”

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