'I have to have an emotional connection to the artworks I live with' says celebrity stylist Law Roach

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Law Roach poses on the runway during the Balenciaga Womenswear Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Theatre Du Chatelet on October 02, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
Law Roach poses on the runway during the Balenciaga Womenswear Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Theatre Du Chatelet on October 02, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)

Like his sartorial sensibilities, Law Roach's art collection is precise and packed with a deliberate message. Mainly focused on black artists (established and upcoming), the collection has pieces by Kehinde Wiley, Genesis Tramaine, and Simon Leigh. Like the decisions he makes when styling clients, Roach says "I have to have an emotional connection to the artworks I live with.”

Below is a bit more about the artists Roach chose to endorse.

A portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley is known for taking well known portraits and sculptures with white subjects and restaging with Black characters in contemporary settings. He is best known for being commissioned to paint Barack Obama’s presidential portrait. Subverting the whiteness that so long dominated Western art history, the subjects in Wiley's portraits sit against African textile patterned backgrounds. In the Law household, Wiley’s work hangs against a palm frond wallpaper. In addition to Law's home, Wiley's works sit in collections belonging to the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, as well as the Nasher Museum of Art. Apart from the Kehinde Wiley artwork, the Barack Obama theme is seen in another one of the artworks from Law's collection. On the far wall of his kitchen sits a backlit portrait of Obama by Richard Arthur. 

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