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. 

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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)