it's amazing how inspiration finds you. just two days after i posted about omar victor diop i stumbled across the work of kehinde wiley. while they have very different mediums and contexts, they speak to each other so much for me. and the title for my post on dipo "portrait of a pattern" fits beautifully for wiley as well.
with wiley the first thing that grabbed me was - of course - his use of color and pattern. but the more you look at his pieces that more the detail and skill begin to bubble to the top. his portraits are so expressive. i can't believe it took me so long to come across his work!