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)

DETROIT NEWS | New Detroit gallery opens with tribute to the Queen of Soul

In a -continuing sign of the Queen of Soul’s grip on the artistic imagination, a new gallery in Detroit to open Friday will host “SuperNatural Woman: Tribute to the Queen.” 

The Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery is the realization of a dream long held by Valerie Irwin and her late husband, Council B. Irwin Jr., both avid collectors of African art. 


Michael H. Hodges, Detroit News Fine Arts Writer
Published 7:07 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 2018 

Featured image by Mark L. Brown

METRO TIMES | Fall Arts Guide: We Got The Cover!

The SuperNatural Woman Exhibit promo image made the cover of the Metro Times 2018 Fall Arts Guide. Woo-hoooooooo!

The artwork was created by New York native, Philadelphia-based digital artist, Makeba “KEEBS” Rainey. She renders images of  ‘admirable African Americans; artists, musicians, and intellectuals, all representing the many multitudes of excellence within a race.’ 

Thank you KEEBS for creating this powerful work that has become one of the cornerstones of the exhibit. Thank you Metro Times for recognizing Makeba’s great work and the Irwin Gallery’s visual and literary tribute to Ms. Franklin!

View the Metro Times Fall Arts Guide HERE.