“The History of Hip Hop” is a visual narrative of infused levels of artistry spanning over various periods of time. It invites you to delve into the historical references of the birthplace of “Hip- Hop” in New York to The Dutch Golden age of painting and the irrefutable parallel of the two. Expect notable virtuosos such as Quest love and Black Thought contributing to the Hip Hop movement and a collaboration bringing us to where we least expect; vignettes from Russia to Philadelphia and everywhere in-between.
The collection is a three part series of portraits, eggs, and sculpture. Artist Amar Stewart conceptualized major New York Hip-Hop artists like NAS, and Public Enemy occupying the places of original European nobles portrayed by Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyke, Frans Hals and Hans Holbein The Younger. In addition to the Golden Age painters, there are two recreated Faberge eggs on canvas. The “Imperial” Faberge eggs were crafted for the last Russian Czar Nicholas II as Easter gifts for his wife and his mother. The collection also features a collaboration with Russian sculptor, Anton Tishchenko based on Stewart’s “Ready to Play”.
Stewart who is originally from London, England is heavily influenced by the music and culture of Hip-Hop. “The History of Hip Hop” is similiarly fashioned after his previous exhibitions, “Past, Present, Future” (2014) and “Ex Post Facto” (2015). Stewart is committed to carrying on the legacy of the great oil painters of times past, while paying homage to iconic artists of today.
The exhibition will be hosted at Sweet Science, 135 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Opening reception is June, 2nd 2016.
All the new works will be available to view online soon!