In Focus. Hendricks draws on his aesthetic of assemblage to recreate the space of the studio into a space of performance; an ornamented site of private desire. Intersecting bands of colour and pattern both diffuse and absorb our gaze, mediating our relationship with Jules himself. Our eyes move across the surface of his skin, but we never quite rest on one particular site.
The below artworks are the most important by Kehinde Wiley - that both overview the major creative periods, and highlight the greatest achievements by the artist.
His work typically features elongated nude figures in intimate settings,  influenced by both traditional African art and European surrealism. Growing up, he was an avid reader of the Chicago Defenderwhich was a popular newspaper that focused on celebrating the successes of African Americans. For the majority of his career, Cortor played with different representations of the black female figure and how to represent her strength and beauty. Cortor saw the black female figure as being the essential spirit of the black race.
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