Oct 08, 2019 - Sale 2518

Sale 2518 - Lot 147

Price Realized: $ 32,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
Untitled (Fulani).

Oil on cotton canvas, 1993. 914x762 mm; 36x30 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right recto. Signed in crayon, verso.

Provenance: private collection, Los Angeles; thence by descent to the current owners.

Kehinde Wiley painted this striking portrait of a Fulani woman when he was a student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Fulani women are known for their large gold earrings, wich represent the status of the woman. The Fulani trive are descendants of North Africa and live primarily in West Africa today.

Born in Los Angeles, California in 1977, Wiley's father is Yoruba from Nigeria, and his mother is African-American. Wiley painted a series of African women in tribal and regional costume while in high school. He earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1999 and his MFA from Yale University in 2001.