12 Incredible Paintings Of Your Favorite Rappers Set In The 17th Century

How ya livin' Biggie Smalls? In palaces and horse-drawn carriages giving gold bullions to my friends and it feels stupendous.


The Best Art Pieces Depicting The Notorious B.I.G.

It was all a dream! It's been 17 years since the Notorious B.I.G. left this earth, and everyone is still paying tribute to his greatness. Whether it's Jay-Z and Diddy hiring painters to create portraits of him or us turning "Gimme the Loot" into a comic strip, there are many ways to pay artistic tribute to the great Biggie.


Artist Imagines Rappers Painted Like Renaissance Masterpieces

Based in New York and bred in London, artist Amar Stewart's practice is an attempt to blend music and city life. For a series of hilarious portraits, Stewart has imagined rappers as if they were painted by 17th century masters. The result collapses history so Renaissance elite are transposed with today's biggest names in music.


9 Stunning Portraits Show How Famous Rappers Would Look as 17th Century Aristocrats

British artist Amar Stewart is making a splash with his striking portraits of rappers and hip-hop artists painted to look like 17th century elite. Stewart found inspiration by looking at 17th century Dutch painter Frans Hals and other master painters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.



“I love it when you call me King Louis XIII, throw your (turkey) legs in the ai-er, if youse goin to the Renaissance fai-er…”


Eminem, Tupac, Jay Z Blended With 17th Century Art By Artist Amar Stewart

Amar Stewart began painting Hip Hop inspired work two years ago, creating portraiture using oils. Approximately 18 months later, Stewart says he and his wife visited The Met in London where he was drawn to Dutch masters of the 17th century. His wife nudged him. “You should do this,” she advised.


Rick Ross, Action Bronson and 10 Other Rap Royals, as Painted By a Dutch Master

When Amar Stewart moved from London to Bushwick a couple of months ago, he brought with him his oil paintings of Biggie and Tupac, inspired by the art of Frans Hals, a Dutchman whose works hangs at The Met.


‘Art-less Dodger’ Indicted For Swiping Portraits of Basquiat, Mandela and Snoop

The 49-year-old who allegedly stole three paintings from a Williamsburg art gallery before being chased down by the gallery owner, and then apprehended by police, has been indicted and is facing charges of burglary, larceny and robbery of artwork worth $10,000.


Those Stolen Snoop and Mandela Paintings Have Been Found and Returned

The missing portraits of Nelson Mandela and Snoop Lion are back on the premises of the Cotton Candy Machine, the Williamsburg gallery where they were from stolen six weeks ago.


See Biggie as a Faberge Egg and Slick Rick as a European Noble in This ‘History of Hip Hop’

Back in 2014 we told you about British painter Amar Stewart’s “Hip-Hop Royalty” series at the Cotton Candy Machine in Bushwick, a display of “Golden Age”-inspired oil paintings of influential hip hop artists like Rick Ross, Action Bronson, and 10 other rap royals. As of June 2, he’ll be back at it again in Bushwick, with a six-week (maybe longer, depending upon popularity) exhibition and residency at Sweet Science.


Amar Stewart Bio

Amar Stewart is a New York based artist from London, England. His influences lie somewhere between, Music and City Life. 


Rap Royalty As Painted By A 17th Century Dutch Master

The idea of rap stars as royalty is hardly new -- hip hop artists from Rick Ross to Lil' Kim to Run-DMC have been rapping for years about their transformation into self-made kings and queens. But in his paintings, British artist Amar Stewart takes that idea of rap royalty and places it in a literal context, portraying artists like Biggie, Questlove and Mary J. Blige as actual royals -- who happen to be living in the 17th century.


Art & Music: The Saatchi Gallery Magazine - Amar Stewart Studio Visit.

Shot on location of WIP gallery We visit artist Amar Stewart at his London based studio to discuss his inspirations behind his work and find out more about the new collection for his upcoming show in New York.


Urban Profile: Amar Stewart, the Artist Painting NYC Rappers as Royalty

British artist Amar Stewart is the man behind the amazing paintings of NYC’s most important MC’s in the guise of 17th century Dutch royals and noblemen. Hailing from London, Stewart came to NYC to do a month-long residency at Cotton Candy Machine in Williamsburg. We met up with Stewart in Bushwick to chat about his inspiration, the New York vs. London art scene, and his upcoming show in San Francisco.