What artists have used images of Martin Luther King, Jr. in their art?


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Artists such as Derek Russell, Victor Powell, Randal Huiskens and Mike Roos have used images of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in their art. These artists used media such as acrylic and oil paints and colored pencils to create portraits of King in a number of artistic styles.

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Painter Derek Russell created an impressionistic portrait of King using a bright, warm-hued selection of oil paints on board. He titled the piece "MLK." Although Russell sold the original painting, he offers giclee prints of the image on his website as of 2015. Victor Powell, who goes by the pseudonym "theartyst" online, includes a colored-pencil portrait of King in his DeviantArt gallery. The artist notes that he completed the minimalist portrait, which uses a black-and-cream color scheme, in about one hour.

Randal Huiskens created a pop-art portrait of King using acrylic paints on canvas. Rendered in hundreds of small squares to create a tiled effect, the painting subtly incorporates King's "I have a dream" quote. The artist sells prints of his painting through Fine Art America. Norwegian artist Mike Roos painted an image of King using green and yellow tones and bold brush strokes. Roos, who takes inspiration from the Impressionist movement, sells giclee prints of his King portrait through Artist Rising as of 2015.

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