Artist Kadir Nelson Speaks to the Hero in Us All
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Kadir Nelson (@kadirnelson) searches for subjects who demonstrate the strength of the human spirit, and then pours all of that energy onto the canvas. “If I aspire to be strong, or intellectually, emotionally and spiritually strong, I’m going to put that into the work,” the Los Angeles-based artist says. “And when people look at it, that will ring a bell inside of them that reminds them of who they are and who they aspire to be.” The finished pieces are often a reflection of what’s going on in today’s world. However, as Kadir reminds us, that’s not a new phenomenon. “Looking back on artists from the Renaissance or the turn of the century, a lot of them are painting what was going on around them, so it gives us an idea of what the world was like at that time. That’s what artists of today do. We create art that speaks to what was going on in the national and international dialogue.”
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