Wesley George (b. 2000) is a self-taught British artist based in London. Mostly known for Expressing ideas through portraiture, George translates meaning with colour and symbolism. Dismantling racial narratives and focusing on the overlooked stories of black figures being the core focus. when reflecting on the western canon of art, george notes how representation can be limited, often being used to uphold white supremacist ideals, portraying dimensional black characters. This is echoed by today’s portrayal of black people in the arts, which george aims to transform. In 2020 He exhibited at the prestigious Jd Malat gallery, in the group show “Isolation Mastered” and later voted second favourite artist by a public jury. In January 2021 He was featured on the Art tv series “NextBigThing” and announced winner of the judges prize by a panel of experts, becoming a participant in theotherartfair. He’s exhibited twice more at the Jd Malat gallery
About the work
As an artist that has always focused on changing the narrative of how black people are presented in the media, this new scape provided by the pandemic has galvanised me and therefore my work and my desire to truly spark dialogue. This ongoing body of work Titled “essence” places a focused lens on dissecting the many intersections between race, youth and gender in conjunction with the black figure. Dismantling racial narratives being a core focus, I aim simply to depict the overlooked spirits and stories of black individuals.