Kadir Nelson is a celebrated painter, illustrator, and writer who is widely known for his pieces that draw upon African-American culture and history. Nelson has produced works for the United States House of Representatives, Michael Jackson, Coca-Cola, Dreamworks, and created the album artwork for Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. The artist was recently commissioned by The New Yorker to create an illustration for the publication’s July issue.
Entitled Summertime City, the illustration spotlights children playing near an open fire hydrant near a Harlem neighborhood stoop. The artist “has often turned to that borough’s streets for inspiration, with past covers featuring a game of stickball and a father and daughter sharing a moment on a stoop,” said the publication. Find the issue at select retailers Stateside and head over to The New Yorker‘s official website to learn more.