Kehinde Wiley was influenced early on by such portrait painters as John Singer Sargent and Barkley Hendricks, both represented in VMFA’s permanent collection. Visit today to see Wiley’s work and the earlier masters who influenced him.
Why did Kehinde Wiley go from large-scale portraits to small icons painting? And why did he start working in stained glass? In another exclusive VMFA video, Wiley talks about his use of scale and medium.
In another exclusive VMFA video, Kehinde Wiley talks about his piece “Willem van Heythuysen”, which is in VMFA’s permanent collection! Learn about his process of street casting and referencing portraits from art history.