Dark and Lovely [Original Fine Art]
Royalty has always attracted our attention while keeping us at arm's reach, but "Dark and Lovely" captures a moment of intimacy and couples it with one of America's most polarizing icons, Barbie.
Dark and Lovely presents the African American woman in an Expressionist Photograph that displays her in the ascension phase of self-acceptance. At this point, she is confident in her ability to direct her life rather than be told what she is capable of doing or being.
The Chronology of Queens Collection mixes the African American ideas of identity as descendants of queens with the American cultural milestones of age, then contrasts it with the fact, that while portraits are almost expected of royalty, it is a rite of passage oft forgotten by the Queens enduring the melanin enriched experience in America.
Wesley chose Barbie dolls as models because of the polarizing stigma that surrounds them. While the dolls now represent a variety of races and ethnicity, they remain an exaggerated icon of what is purported to be the perfect female form.
Yet, when viewed in a different perspective, the dolls represent a woman who is both self-made and capable on her own. She may keep a man when she so chooses, but in no fashion, does she ever require one to be whole.
This is the essence Wesley conveys in the portraits that make up The Chronology of Queens.
FINE ART SIZE: 29" X 17".
TYPE: Beautifully framed archival ink on Canson Rag Photographique premium fine art paper. I chose this paper because the colors are brilliant and there is no glare so you can enjoy this piece from anywhere in the room you place it.
It comes ready to hang on your wall or be shown on an easel.
My Fine Art originals are the pieces of art I had printed for public exhibition.
FIRST EXHIBITION: Eclecticism / Revealing Visions. A group show at Jerry Weems' Art Studio and Gallery in Los Angeles, CA on October 27, 2018.
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