DETROIT NEWS | Aretha: a muse for fine artists

Not every cultural icon inspires fine art, but Aretha Franklin seems to have acted as a muse for any number of Detroit artists. The Detroit News spoke with three local painters who created particularly handsome portraits of the Queen of Soul.

Kristin Beaver painted a large canvas of Franklin in 2009. Both Dominic Pangborn and Jason Phillips were moved to take brush in hand on hearing of her death. 


Michael H. Hodges, Detroit News Fine Arts Writer
Published 3:57 p.m. ET Sept. 4, 2018

Image: Jason Phillips “Queen of Soul” (featured in the Aretha SuperNatural exhibit)