Author: Evelyn Archer
Oronde Kairi, the internationally renowned visual artist, has woven a captivating tapestry of artistry with his portrayal of the legendary Delfonics. In 2018, Kairi received the Black Music City grant, and his creative genius blossomed as he embarked on a mission to encapsulate Philadelphia's rich musical heritage.
Kairi's canvas for this masterpiece was a 36-inch round Birchwood panel, a choice that reflected his commitment to pushing artistic boundaries. His unique style breathes life into the Delfonics, capturing lead singer William "Poogie" Hart at the heart of the composition, flanked by Randy Cain and brother Wilbert Hart. Dressed in 70s-style tuxedos with burgundy stripe shirts and patent leather boots, they exude timeless coolness.
Yet, it's the surreal elements that truly make this artwork extraordinary. William's microphone cord, artistically winding around his legs, adds a touch of whimsy. The stage, reminiscent of a bygone television era, is set against a fictitious Philadelphia skyline, enhancing the artwork's narrative.
Drawing inspiration from iconic artists and cartoons, Kairi's rendition of the Delfonics is a vibrant celebration of caricatured genius. It's a testament to his commitment to carrying forward the tradition of artistic storytelling, skillfully blending nostalgia, and innovation. Oronde Kairi's artwork serves as a vivid tribute to the Delfonics and their indelible mark on music history.