I’m a person who reacts to an image and uses that to take it somewhere else. – Esiri Erheriene-Essi
Esiri Erheriene-Essi bases her mixed media paintings on archival documentation that often depicts the lives of black families between the 1950s and 80s, depicting them in vibrant technicolor.
History is not just something from the past. It’s in all of us, it’s in our names and our language and the way we look at things, in the way we look at the world and understand it.  – Esiri Erheriene-Essi
Esiri Erheriene-Essi (b. 1982) is an Amsterdam-based artist, originally born in London to Nigerian parents. Inspired by artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Lucian Freud, Alice Neel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, she creates colorful mid to large-scale figurative paintings portraying family and friends in everyday situations, incorporating familial and historical backgrounds as well as personal experiences. An important part of her work process consists of collecting photographs, fabrics and other archival documentation relating to the African diaspora to incorporate into her artworks. Starting from a found, vintage photograph, she then edits it in photoshop and makes a sketch with...
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