“I have to have an emotional connection with the works of art I live with,” says famous stylist Law Roach
Law Roach poses on the catwalk during the Balenciaga Womenswear Spring / Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Théâtre Du Chatelet on October 02, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord / Getty Images)
Like his sartorial sensibility, Law Roach’s art collection is precise and loaded with a purposeful message. Primarily focused on black artists (established and upcoming), the collection includes pieces by Kehinde Wiley, Genesis Tramaine, and Simon Leigh. Like the decisions he makes when styling his clients, Roach says, “I have to have an emotional connection with the works of art I live with. “
Below is a bit more information about the artists Roach has chosen to support.
A portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley is known for making well-known portraits and sculptures with white subjects and for reconstructing black figures in contemporary settings. He is best known for having been commissioned to paint the presidential portrait of Barack Obama. Subverting the whiteness that has so long dominated Western art history, the subjects of Wiley’s portraits are based on patterned backgrounds of African textiles. In the Law House, Wiley’s artwork hangs on palm leaf wallpaper. In addition to Law’s house, Wiley’s works can be found in collections belonging to the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, as well as the Nasher Museum of Art. Besides the work of Kehinde Wiley, the theme of Barack Obama is found in another work in Law’s collection. On the back wall of his kitchen is a backlit portrait of Obama by Richard Arthur.
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