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Jamaican artist’s socially-driven paintings pop up in “Empire”

December 5, 2015

When you sit down to watch Empire this season, keep an eye on the artworks that pop up in the character’s storylines. They are the work of 34-year-old Ebony G. Patterson, a Jamaican-born artist who focuses on exploring social issues like race, class, and gender through a female lens, according to a profile in the New York Times. Patterson is a rising star in the art world after a painting called “Gangstas for Life” earned her a gallery show and representation in 2009, followed by her first solo museum show in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design last month. An upcoming exhibition in Harlem will include a work about Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old African American boy shot by Cleveland police in 2014.

“I’m hoping to present six to eight large-scale works that explore children as subjects,” she said, adding that the works focus on black children and “create a moment of confrontation” for viewers.

Read the full profile in The New York Times.