I remember the first time I saw the portrait of President Barack Obama. I gasped, it was so perfect to me. How wonderful to discover more of the artist’s work. His work is so brave and original and unafraid of being beautiful and true.
There is a lovely article in The Guardian about Mr. Wiley. Among many other wise statements, I loved this one:
[Art is] about seeing yourself in other people. People forget America itself is a stand-in for a sense of aspiration the world holds on to. It’s a really sad day when the source of light criticizes light itself.