Black History Month: Week 2

This week we will be exploring the work of African American portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley.

Wiley was born in Los Angeles, California. His father is Yoruba, from Nigeria, and his mother is African American. He is now based in New York City and known for his highly naturalistic paintings of Black people, frequently referencing the work of Old Master paintings. Older Master refers to any notable painter in Europe before 1800 or a painting by such an artist. An “old master painting” is a painting made by an artist of that period.

Wiley’s paintings blur the lines between traditional and contemporary modes of African American representation. He portrays his figures in a heroic manner, giving them poses that connote power and spiritual awakening.

Wiley’s representation of power and spiritual awakening has been an instrumental tool in curating black excellence across art forms amongst social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter, as well as the first African American presidency. Wiley’s work has benefited the representation and appreciation of African American visual arts in bountiful ways.

Artist Spotlight

Senior studio art major, Danny Sofa has made strides during his time at Miami. He has spent the last three years working on his abstract expressionism style of painting. Check out some of his work!

Under Soft Fuzzy Light, Danny Sofa, Oil on Unstretched Canvas.
Under Moon with Bird, Danny Sofa, Oil on Unstretched canvas.

Letting the Moon Speak, Danny Sofa, Oil on Unstretched Canvas.

Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Recently I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Cleveland, Ohio. If you live in the area or there is a touring location near you, don’t miss out! Here are some awesome pictures and videos from the exhibit.

Skull of a Skeleton with Burning Cigarette, Van Gogh
Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige), Van Gogh

Join Effusions!

Hey guys, my name is Elise Clawson and I’m editor-in-chief for the 2021-2022 Effusions journal. I’m really excited to put out a great journal this spring, but I need more people to get involved to get the ball rolling. Connect with us on Instagram @mu_effusions or post to the blog!!