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Cubism and African Tribal: Art by Michael Kilgore

An artwork featuring an abstracted female figureSOUL DANCE #3

Artist Michael Kilgore takes a spiritual and deeply personal approach to artwork. Influenced by contemporary art history as well as his own life and cultural experiences, the artist’s portfolio combines fashion, cubism and African tribal aesthetics.

A cubist interpretation of an African faceKUNTA KINTE, mixed media on textured bristol


Influenced by artists ranging from Rene Magritte to Pablo Picasso to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael’s artworks are an energetic infusion of styles. I really enjoy the expressive, confident sensibility that Michael uses to render his figures – sometimes, a central figure stands at the center of a canvas, staring intensely out at the viewer, while other times, multiple figures will combine to create a bombastic, partially-abstracted image.

The front page of Michael Kilgore's art websiteMichael's portfolio website,


In our previous feature of Michael’s work, we looked at the way the artist infuses cubism with personal identity. I get the sense, looking through Michael’s portfolio, that each of his artworks represents an important figure in his life, whether it’s a creative inspiration, a friend, or a facet of himself.

A black and white drawing of a figure holding children and prayingPRAYER TIME

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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