Rashaad Newsome

b. 1979

born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana

Multi-media artist Rashaad Newsome is known for his provocative work in collage, performance, and video. His imagery borrows from eclectic sources, ranging from hip-hop, popular culture, heraldry and decorative arts, and his work incorporates many techniques and materials to explore ideas of race, power, gender, and beauty that are intrinsic to his opulent and layered imagery.

During his first residency at Tamarind, Newsome completed a suite of five complex prints. Based on his multi-media performance Five Elements of Vogue, the prints utilize digital data, 3D printing, collage and traditional lithography to capture the distinct character and gestures of each vogue femme dancer. 

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