In honor of Black History Month, the Planet Nutshell team is paying homage to some of the Black artists who have inspired our own work.

Kicking it off is Songyi Park, with a portrait of the incredible Jean-Michel Basquiat. Before turning his attention to painting, Basquiat got his start as a graffiti artist in the 1970s. His work caught the attention of Andy Warhol, who became a friend, and at 22, Basquiat was the youngest artist to ever exhibit at New York’s Whitney Bienniel. See his paintings for yourself at

This is a portrait of director Peter Ramsey, created by PN’s resident film buff Jen Sanchez. While Ramsey is best known for directing Rise of the Guardians and Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, he actually got his start as a storyboard artist on films like Fight Club, Minority Report and Independence Day. To learn more about him, visit Sony Pictures Animation.

For her portrait, Mollie Davis chose artist and innovator Kara Walker. Walker is most known for her investigations of race, gender, sexuality and violence through the use of room room-sized, black-paper silhouettes. She is one of the youngest-ever winners of the MacArthur Genius grant, and her name even appears in a Le Tigre song. For more info on Kara, check out