Shonari Richardson with the painting of his cousin Winston Duke.
Shonari Richardson is an artist from Tobago.
The 22-year-old has been painting since the age of two. But only recent has he become a sensation in his hometown of Spring Garden.
How did he do it?
It does help if your cousins are Tobago-born Black Panther actor, Winston Duke, and Watson Duke, the politican and PSA president.
Winston Duke, who plays the character, M'Baku in the Marvel movie is described as an antagonist, itching to take the crown from his archnemesis, Wakanda King T'Challa played by American actor, Chadwick Boseman.
Richardson, who did the portrait of his cousin last week Thursday, said it took just about a day and half to complete it. He utilized acrylic paints to complete his masterpiece, which measures 22 inches in width and 30 inches in length.
Proud of his cousin's accomplishments, Richardson said, he could not find any fault in Duke's depiction of the character, M'Baku, and acknowledged the immense talent and scope of the movie directed by American film director and screenwriter, Ryan Coogler.
Before the hype and fanfare of the Black Panther movie, many Trinidadians and Tobagonians had no idea who was Duke. Not to be confused by minority Tobago House of Assembly leader Watson Duke, who acknowledged recently, he and the Black Panther star are cousins.
Richardson, who shares a close relationship with the Hollywood actor, posted this comment along with the painting:
I never got the drive to paint a painting like how I did this one and in record time too maybe because we're related or because he's Tobagonian and this most epic movie out right now. Anyways I've just painted Marvels movie Black Panther's M'Baku played movie star and Tobagonian Winston Duke…big up yourself cuzzo. So excited to see this movie eh.
He said Duke is very low-key and makes surprise visits to Tobago to see the family.
Though Richardson may not share the same passion for the big screen as his cousin, talent definitely runs in the family.
He said, “I have seen the movie but I have no desire to become an actor. I plan to further my studies in Visual Arts at the University of the West Indies in August.”
Richardson continues to hone his art and has painted several prominent people in areas of politics and entertainment. From Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to former prime ministers, Kamla Persad-Bisessar, Patrick Manning and Dr Eric Williams to name a few.
Richardson's post has been shared on social media to rave reviews. It shows Richardson next to the completed portrait of the Black Panther star, Winston Duke.
One of the shares came from Duke himself, who posted the portrait and this comment on his Facebook page: Wow! This incredible Fan Art is courtesy of my tremendously talented Cousin and God Brother, Shonar Richardson Art! Friends, what do you think? Let's show him some love!
Source: Daily Express, March 2, 2018
The Black Panther movie has grossed $763.3M globally, and according to online US Magazine, Deadline Hollywood given the immense popularity amongst movie-goers, the Marvel sensation looks like it will rake in more than $1 billion.
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