FEATURE: Tacoma-based artist Perry Paints creates imaginative magical realism watercolor portraits

May 19, 2016

Perry Paints is a surrealist watercolor painter and portrait artist from Tacoma, WA. Perry, who is inspired by women of color, depicts just that! Many of his portraits are rooted in magical realism while the others content elements of surrealism, like the seamless allusions to the sea and of marine life seen with the blue-haired character below or the woman with her head, literally, in the clouds. Check out some of Perry’s portraits below then hop to his Society6 store, over here.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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