Jérôme Lagarrigue’s powerful portraits of Brooklyn’s African-American community


French-American artist Jérôme Lagarrigue’s dynamic portraits are a powerful and emotive representation of humanity.

Jérôme has built a gallery of portraits throughout his career, with the majority of his models Brooklyn-based African-Americans. Sometimes friends, sometimes strangers, he observes and characterises the emotion and expressions in the people around him, using his distinctive visual aesthetic of expressive, wide stroke brushstrokes and deep colour tones.

His latest exhibition, Night, Landing, aims to tap into the core of what humanity is about, interrogating concepts about contemporary art, society, specifically American culture, and the space dedicated to African-Americans.

Raised in Paris, Jerome moved to the United States in 1992 and graduated from…

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