Eminem, Tupac, Jay Z Blended With 17th Century Art By Artist Amar Stewart

posted Friday August 01 ,2014 at 09:00AM CDT | 20 comments

Eminem, Tupac, Jay Z Blended With 17th Century Art By Artist Amar Stewart

Exclusive: Stewart explains how he was inspired to create his "Hip Hop Royalty" series, which also features The Notorious B.I.G., Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard, among others.

Amar Stewart began painting Hip Hop inspired work two years ago, creating portraiture using oils. Approximately 18 months later, Stewart says he and his wife visited The Met in London where he was drawn to Dutch masters of the 17th century. His wife nudged him. "You should do this," she advised.

"It all happened from there," Stewart recalls, in an interview with HipHopDX. "I have her thank for this."

Stewart's work in a series called "Hip Hop Royalty" blends Rap with 17th century art and he's got plenty of emcees to pull inspiration from. He says he's been inspired by several acts, including Black Moon, The Notorious B.I.G. and J Dilla. Of course, he also pulls inspiration from artists like Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Goya, among others. All of this helps Stewart have a vision for his work with "Hip Hop Royalty." 

"My vision is to touch on what I think is modern day royalty," he says, "placing the greats, emcees and producers, in The Golden Age."

That vision is far from complete. 

"If I haven't painted your favorite icon, don't worry," he says. "This is just the start."

Stewart, who has a solo show coming up in San Francisco, California at Public Barber Gallery August 7, says he plans on doing greater work moving forward. 

"After that I'm going to continue this concept, but work on larger scale pieces," he says. "I've been focusing more on one subject, but it's time to build on this and create more in-depth work with a story. I'm excited to see where it goes. I have also started releasing some merch on my online store. I want to expand on this too."

Some of Stewart's work is below.

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  • Anonymous
    They should blend Drake over Snoopy.
  • Anonymous
    no 50 fuck this nigga who made them
  • Tdeff
    I think the biggie and pac ones look dope. The others just look comedic.
  • boogier
    Damn those are hillarious, not in a good way.
    • Anonymous
      Exactly Them shits are corny as hell
  • Hey There Mr Cheeks
    No NaS? GAY FUCK THIS ARTIST AND THIS SITE.
  • A
    How come Hov and Shakurspeare both get a skull?
    • solofromtoronto
      That's the real question
  • Kyle
    That Jay-Z Painting is hilarious.
  • john
    perfect choice for Jay Z's devil worshipping ass
  • Anonymous
    No Lil Wayne? No Young Thug? No Drake? No Future? No 2 Chainz? No Rick Ross? WTF? I HATE THESE OLD ASS NIGGAS FOR REAL
    • New GUy
      Young Thug is Garbage.
    • lol
      All the rappers u named beside 2 are garbage with no grammys and will never sell a million records so sit your 15 year old ass down
    • D-Train
      You must be 7-13 because the cats you like are all terrible and destroy the culture not help it. In 20 yrs none of the cats above will be mentioned trust me.
    • solofromtoronto
      He did say Golden Era
    • drake is rap
      fuck you haters. you all go go burn in hell. drake runs rap and clearly his impact will have an effect on the masses in the upcoming years. drake has his own day in houston and he's not even from there. drake is a sports ambassador for a basketball team. drake voiced a character for the movie ice age. drake was/is on the forbes list at least twice. drake starred in a critically acclaimed teen drama. drake is currently #6 on the billboard singles' charts, so there.
    • rozay odonnell
      My client Rick Ross has also had his share of accomplishments as well as run ins with the law. clearly he is a misunderstood genius with a lot of potential and talent which is overlooked by the fact that he is an artist in the truest sense of the word. And as his manager, I will see to it that said potential become unlocked and released for the world to see on his next album.
    • Anonymous
      No you either, Just real Hip Hop Cats
  • DrebinSlevin
    These are many years old. HHDX years behind 9Gag and imgur?
  • darkwatch
    thats some gangsta shit