Rihanna Police Photo as…Art?!April 13, 2009 \
Pop artist Sham Ibrahim has created an Andy Warhol-like portrait of Rihanna, based on the now infamous police photo showing the singer bruised and bloodied. The artist told E! Online that he created the piece, featured in the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Los Angeles, because he “thought the bruises in the police photo were interesting shapes to draw. And it was cool to colour them pink and blue. Those are two of my favourite colours.”
The 24-by-36-inch piece was made by transferring custom colourized blow-ups of digital tracings of the police picture onto canvas.
“There is no message to any of my art,” he said. “It’s meant to look cool hanging on your wall and that’s it! I’m not into deep meanings.”