John Stango, Jay Z Basquiat, 2018. Courtesy of The Compound Gallery.

Street Art: Celebrity Portraits

Street artists have long drawn inspiration from popular culture, spray painting and wheatpasting portraits of celebrities in public spaces that encourage passersby to take a closer look at the power of today’s influencers. Below, discover takes on it-girls, A-listers, and world leaders with a street art spin—from Mr. Brainwash’s depictions of supermodel Kate Moss to Shepherd Fairey’s iconic posters of President Barack Obama.

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