Kadir Nelson cover art for Pratt Presents, the Institute’s signature series of public programs, will present a Creative Conversation featuring award-winning American author, artist, and Pratt alumnus Kadir Nelson (B.F.A. Communications Design ’96) on Saturday, September 17, on the Brooklyn campus. The artist and author will talk about his creative inspirations, work, and latest projects with Anita Cooney, dean of Pratt’s School of Design, followed by a book signing. This special event is free and open to the public, and will be a highlight of Pratt’s Alumni Day and Reunion 2016.

Nelson has created artwork for a host of distinguished clients, including the cover artwork for Michael Jackson’s posthumously released album, “Michael.” In addition, he has authored and illustrated more than 30 children’s books and painted 12 commemorative stamps for the United States Postal Service. His striking paintings are often featured on the cover of The New Yorker magazine, including an updated version of the magazine’s dandy, Eustace Tilley, featured on the magazine’s 90th anniversary cover.

Nelson’s primarily figurative paintings focus on historical narratives and heroic subjects in American culture, and are often informed by the work of Old Masters. His sumptuous settings and characters, rich palette, and realistic, yet painterly technique speak to both modern urban realism and masterly works of turn-of-the century American painters.

The special conversation will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium on Saturday, September 17, at 4 PM. Reservations are required. Click here for more information and to register.

Image: Kadir Nelson’s cover for the album Nothing Was The Same by multi-platinum recording artist Drake. More information can be found at www.kadirnelson.com.