Jack Johnson was a boxer in the early 1900s who became the first African American heavyweight boxing champion.
The process for the Jack Johnson was the tail of two images. Depending on the photos I chose, Johnson’s facial features varied. After I developed a base painting of his face, I decided to reference pictures with the likeness that is more commonly seen in his photographs.
This painting is on a 2’x3 ′particle board. I started with an image of him looking into the camera with his arms folded but changed to a photograph showing his teeth. I left the entire painting black and white except for his teeth, which are painted gold. Johnson was known for having gold teeth. I believe switching images was the best decision and resulted in a more distinguishable painting of the boxer.