Vincentian Creates Mosaic Portrait Of Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Art Bureau Mosaic Portrait Of Michelle Obama Is On View In Harlem By Artist Lennox Commissiong

(Press Release Via News784) – (broadwayworld) – A dramatic portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama by artist Lennox Commissiong, a mosaic comprised of thousands of colourful paper dots, is on view in the WIZARDHANDS exhibition at Harlem’s Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas through August 26.

Lennox Commissiong was born on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, his family moved to Brooklyn when he was age 14. He grew up in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Brooklyn College.

“Michelle Obama comported herself with grace and dignity through one of the most racially troubled periods in recent times,” said Commissiong.

“Each color dot represents the millions of women, of every race, creed religion, she inspired along the way.” The Michelle Obama portrait, created in the pointillism art technique, is part of Commissiong’s WIZARDHANDS exhibition.

“I use an exacto knife and ruler to cut little pieces of museum quality Color-Aid paper,” the artist explains. “Each little piece is maybe one-centimeter square.” Pointillism is a technique of neo-impressionist painting, using tiny dots of various pure colors, which become blended in the viewer’s eye.

Commissiong has mastered this technique using small pieces of Color-Aid paper, instead of paint. Each portrait takes him about 300 hours to complete.

His exhibitions include: “Reflections of Monk” Exhibition Wilmer Jennings Gallery; “Pushing Paper: Realizing the Potential of the Medium” at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie; “Foundation” at Expressions Art Gallery in Harlem and “Black History Month Presents: Exhibition of the Artwork of Lennox Commissiong” at Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library in Long Island, Brookdale Hospital Gallery in Brooklyn and the Harlem Fine Arts Show.

WIZARDHANDS is on view during HARLEM WEEK. The exhibition is open to the public on Fridays from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

There will be a closing reception on Sunday, August 26 from 2:00pm-5: 00 pm. For more information on WIZARDHANDS art, please check out

By Visual Arts News Desk