Classic Beauty, 2013

This woman evokes Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Art historians believe the original model was a servant in Vermeer’s household. She now represents one of the great Western beauties in art history. How might Western conceptions of “Classic Beauty” change if we saw a black woman in that same space?

Acrylic and collage 22.5×28.5×1

To purchase prints, framed prints, greeting cards, purchase laptop and tablet skins, phone cases, t-shirts, pencil skirts, and an array of other products with this image on them, go to my Redbubble page.

The original has been sold.

A recent book designer at New York University Press had a similar inspiration in creating the cover for Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop.

The gallery below shows different steps in my process. See if you can find the girl and her earring!

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