Classical Portraits and Art Shows

Portrait of William Sanders Scarborough on 16″ x 12″ Wood Panel by Artist V.W., 2020

I began painting this one a couple of years ago and it was initially commissioned for a public symposium dedicated to African Americans in Classical Literature in Savannah, GA. I was able to acquire this piece again and it will now be shown at The Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA next months. What makes this piece important is that I was unable to locate a picture in color so I had to recreate this from a black and white photo. From what I know, there are very few paintings of him, if any. He is known to be the First African American Scholar in the Classics going from slavery to becoming president of Wilberforce University, in Ohio. He also wrote a classical Greek textbook for students.

Woman with Pearls: Oil on 18″ x 16″ Wood panel by Artist V.W.

This portrait is inspired by Vermeer’s famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earing” and the style of Rembrandt. This is actually a portrait of the late actress Esther Rolle, the famous American comedian from the show Good Times. I used her as the model due to her beautiful smile. This painting will be feature at the Ali Cultural Arts Center in Pompano Beach, FL on October 30th until February 22nd, 2020.

Portrait of Chadwick Boseman RIP

Chadwick Bosman Portrait: 14″ x 11″ Paper, Charcoal

I decided to do a portrait of the late Chadwick Boseman with charcoal on 14″ x 11″ paper. He has been in so many great films aside from the well-known “Black Panther” movie. An interesting fact about this man is that Denzel Washington payed his way to the prestigious British American Drama Academy while he was still a student at Howard University. It was great that he saw the talent in this young man.

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