This and That: Kehinde Wiley and Tom Jones

by Jessica Fuentes January 16, 2023

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. See past “This and That” posts here. – Ed.

Today: Ornate portraits

A painting by Kehinde Wiley featuring a Black man standing with his hand on his chest. He is surrounded by an ornately designed background that at times overlaps his portrait.

Kehinde Wiley, “Portrait of Najee Hall II,” 2022, oil on linen, 104 x 80 x 3 3/4 inches. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Friends of Art Endowment Fund.

A photograph of a young child by Tom Jones. The black background behind the child is filled with white flower shapes created from small beads.

Tom Jones, “Peyton Grace Rapp,” 2017, from the series “Strong Unrelenting Spirits,” inkjet print with hand-beading. Amon Carter Museum of American Art.



No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan

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