Kehinde Wiley, Red Sword Deck of Cards

This deck of playing cards features Yachinboaz Ben Yisrael II (2021) by Kehinde Wiley.  

The painting takes its inspiration from European art history and portrait traditions. The subject, holding a golden-sheathed sword,
 adopts the same stoic pose as many historic European monarchs did in their court portraits. Rather than elaborate robes or furs that would be typical of someone maintaining this stance, Wiley's sitter is dressed in a vibrant red crewneck, jeans and Nike sneakers.  

Wiley will donate net proceeds from the Kehinde Wiley Shop to directly support Black Rock, his artist in residence program in Dakar, Senegal.

54 playing cards, linen embossed finish.
3 5/8 × 2 1/2 in.