Contrasting Shades of Gray with Vibrant Color, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe Paints Bold, Subversive Portraits of Black Subjects

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December 22, 2021

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“David Theodore” (2021), oil on canvas, 144 x 108 inches.All images © Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, provided by Roberts Projects Gallery, shared with permission

Ghanaian artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe tends to contrast. In an impressive portrait of a black man, he is drawn to shades of gray and is a single sporting generally vibrant fashion that is the exact opposite of patterned clothing, textured fabric hats, and physical features. Renders skin tones for people or small groups. A bright and bold color palette is an artist’s favorite way to translate emotional states, inner life, and idiosyncrasies, emulating a richly textured thick background surrounding the subject.

Quaicoe currently lives in the Rubell Museum, creating a trio of monumental works that take into account the metaphor of American cowboys. “Rainyanni,” “Moses Adomah,” and “David Theodore” are 12 feet high and are reminiscent of the artist’s bandanas painted earlier this year. Equally destructive is “The American Dreamer” (shown below). This is centered around young people. The subject’s skin is covered with a swirling line pattern, a recurring feature of some of the artist’s latest works, wearing a hat. Stars and strips.

Some of Quaicoe’s portraits are on display at the Green Family Art Foundation in Dallas until January 27, 2022, and at LACMA until April 17, 2022, where you can explore his oily works further on Artsy and Instagram. increase.

“Rainyanni” (2021), oil on canvas, 144 x 108 inches.Courtesy of Roberts Project Gallery

“Dapper III” (2020), oil on canvas, 84 x 54 inches.Photo by Alan Shafer, courtesy of Roberts Project Gallery

“American Dreamer” (2021), oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.Photo by Alan Shafer, courtesy of Roberts Project Gallery

“Blue Turtleneck” (2021), oil on canvas, 60 x 40 inches. Courtesy of aritst and Almine Rech

“Allure” (2020), oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.Photo by Alan Shafer, courtesy of Roberts Project Gallery

“Moses Admar” (2021), oil on canvas, 144 x 108 inches.Courtesy of Roberts Project Gallery

“Shelcy and Christy” (2020), oil on canvas, 48 ​​x 36 inches.Photo by Alan Shafer, courtesy of Roberts Project Gallery

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