• Subversive and Grandiose, Kajahl's Vivid Portraits Supplant Historical Narratives

    2 days ago - By Colossal

    “Silent Incantation II” (2020), oil on canvas over panel, 38 x 33 inches. All images © Kajahl, shared with permission
    Through his meticulously rendered portraits, Santa Cruz-born artist Kajahl subverts the tradition of Blackamoor -a highly stylized European aesthetic that visualized people of color, particularly African men, in exoticized forms and subservient roles-by instead depicting Black subjects in valorized positions. Part of a series titled Royal Specter , the vivid paintings center alchemists, scholars, astronomers, and various intellectual figures within grandiose and luxurious...
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