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Artist:
Billy Dee Williams, born 6 Apr 1937  Search this
Sitter:
Billy Dee Williams, born 6 Apr 1937  Search this
Medium:
Acrylic on canvas on Masonite
Dimensions:
Stretcher (Verified): 62.2 x 52.4 cm (24 1/2 x 20 5/8")
Frame (Verified): 81.9 x 71.8 x 8.9 cm (32 1/4 x 28 1/4 x 3 1/2")
Culture:
Billy Dee Williams: American\African American  Search this
Type:
Painting
Date:
1993
Exhibition Label:
Billy Dee Williams (born 1937) has worked in film and television for nearly fifty years. He is best known for his role opposite Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), which focused on the life of Billie Holiday, and his work in two of the Star Wars movies, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). Williams has also worked as an artist throughout his life, having studied at the High School of Music and Art in New York City and later at the National Academy of Art. He specializes in acrylic paintings combining traditional brushwork with an airbrushing technique. In 1993 he created Self-Portrait with Gardenia, which references a famous scene in Lady Sings the Blues when his character, Louis McKay, offers a gardenia to Billie Holiday.
Topic:
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Gardenia  Search this
Self-portrait  Search this
Billy Dee Williams: Visual Arts\Artist  Search this
Billy Dee Williams: Male  Search this
Billy Dee Williams: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater  Search this
Billy Dee Williams: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Billy Dee Williams
Object number:
S/NPG.94.92
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1994, Billy Dee Williams
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_S_NPG.94.92