The most popular name in the Philadelphia art scene is King Saladeen. We visit his art studio in Philly to capture editorial portraits for Gotham and Philadelphia Style Magazine. His latest gallery show, No Middle Cla$$, is on display. Through his art, King Saladeen expresses the struggles of growing up in West Philly and its impactful life lessons.
As a Philly artist, King Saladeen loves colors that pop. When capturing his portrait against a painting, it is important for his wardrobe to have color separation. We opt for his teal Arc’teryx jacket—one of the best activewear designers. King Saladeen switches to a brown Essentials hoodie by Fear of God. This is a simple option to wear as he finishes painting his latest illustration for No Middle Cla$$.
An amazing journey into the art world calls for an editorial photoshoot with strong emotion. King Saladeen is recognized as one of the “11 Artists Leading The Country’s Cultural Conversation Right Now” and his work speaks for itself. We move his largest canvas painting into the background, then decorate the set with a cart and another painting. By doing this, we fill blank space. It gives dimension to this dynamic portrait photo. King Saladeen proceeds to shine in the spotlight.