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Posted online: August 2016

Billie Jean King, Champion, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 48×60 in.

Baret Boisson. Photo: Isaac Hernandez

Portrait paintings by Baret Boisson possess the whimsical style of American folk art while managing to capture each subject’s true essence. Entirely self-taught, Boisson—who splits her time between Southampton, Santa Barbara, and Paris—only began painting at age 30, but her natural talent was evident from the start. She’s received commissions from notable collectors including Kathy Ireland, Jimmy Fallon, the late Elizabeth Taylor, and Lynda Weinman.

Her love of history—Boisson majored in political science at Barnard College—is reflected in her impressive solo exhibition at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, entitled “Inspiring Greatness through Words and Deeds: The Art of Baret Boisson” from June 11 through September 6. The show features the artist’s depictions of civil rights activists (Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks), politicians (Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama), sports figures (Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King) and entertainers (Ella Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Taylor). Boisson is represented by Christine Minas Fine Art, christineminas.com. L.D. Porter

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