Troy Lamarr Chew II (b. 1992) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. The artist explores the legacy of the African diaspora and how it reverberates through American culture. His work looks methodically at systems of coded communication and how this is translated and mistranslated within the diaspora and throughout the mainstream. His rich visual language draws heavy inspiration from hip hop culture. A highly skilled realist inspired by European painting techniques, Chew utilizes these art historical traditions to underscore their exclusion of Blackness. In bodies of work like Out the Mud, Slanguage, and Three Crowns, he reveals the complex relationship between contemporary Black culture, art history, and language.
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