jayzWhen Amar Stewart moved from London to Bushwick a couple of months ago, he brought with him his oil paintings of Biggie and Tupac, inspired by the art of Frans Hals, a Dutchman whose works hangs at The Met.

This month, Stewart completed 13 more pieces — including three still lifes — while working eight hours a day as Cotton Candy Machine‘s first artist in residence. The whole series, titled “Hip-Hop Royalty,” will be on display Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Before you stop into the Williamsburg gallery for a free beer and cotton candy, click through our photos of some of the works above, paired with commentary from Stewart and Cotton Candy Machine co-owner Sean Leonard.


In August, Stewart will undertake the second installment at Public Barber Salon in San Francisco, dedicating all his talent to West Coast rhymers like NWA, A$AP Rocky, Dr. Dre and Snoop Lion. Rest assured, he also has a grand Kanye West project in the works.

Slideshow: “Hip-Hop Royalty”