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Virtual Exhibition: Arinze Stanley’s Hyper-Real Black Portraiture

“Mindless #3” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 28’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
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Southland Sessions Presents: From high school operas and drive-thru art exhibitions to Chicano comedies and underground DJ sets—we are showcasing the vibrancy of arts and culture across our city today.

Corey Helford Gallery is open virtually. This October enjoy the almost surreal, hyper-realist portraits of Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley which are so detailed, one could be forgiven for thinking they’re photographs.

Click through below to see some of the works.

“Paranormal Portrait #3” in progress by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 15.3’’ x 18.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
1/5 “Paranormal Portrait #3” in progress by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 15.3’’ x 18.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
“The Machine Man #6” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 29.3’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
2/5 “The Machine Man #6” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 29.3’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
“Mindless #3” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 28’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
3/5 “Mindless #3” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 28’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
“People and Paper #1” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 39.3’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
4/5 “People and Paper #1” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 39.3’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
“The Machine Man #7” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 20’’ x 16.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
5/5 “The Machine Man #7” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 20’’ x 16.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery

See Stanley at work below.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Arinze Stanley (@arinze) on Sep 5, 2020 at 8:54am PDT

Visit the virtual exhibit below (find it on the highlights tab). 

Also, join the artist for a virtual walkthrough and Q & A on Instagram Live Oct. 17 at noon, PST. Find the invite here.

Presented by: Corey Helford Gallery

About Arinze Stanley
Nigerian hyper-realist artist Arinze Stanley presents Paranormal Portraits which he says are intended to explore what it’s like to be black today — in Nigeria and Africa, where Stanley is from, and around the world. Created with charcoal and graphite pencils, the works are so lifelike they almost look like photographs.

About the Gallery
Corey Helford Gallery represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti. 

Top Image: “Mindless #3” by Arinze Stanley. Charcoal and graphite on paper, 28’’ x 27.5.’’ | Courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery

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