A Teen Kanye West’s Artworks Appeared on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

Many know Kanye West as a rapper and music producer. However, he used to be an aspiring teen artist, according to a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow.

Kanye West portrait
A Teen Kanye West’s Artworks Appeared on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

17-year-old Kanye’s artworks made an unlikely appearance on the daytime TV show when a man who claims to be his cousin-in-law received the pieces after West’s mother died in 2007.

5 of Kanye West’s Works Were Selected & Exhibited

5 Kanye West Artworks at Antiques Roadshow
A Teen Kanye West’s Artworks Appeared on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

The appraiser Laura Woolley selected five pieces from 1995 (the rapper was 17 back then). The collection seen on TV was determined to potentially make anywhere from $16,000 to $23,000 at auction. The pieces include a pair of landscape drawings, two portraits, and a graphite demon bound in chains.

Woolley is fascinated by the fact that not many people are aware of how talented Kanye West is outside his music career. She believes that the pieces demonstrate extraordinary artistic talent, especially at an early age. She was most impressed with the rapper’s artistic training and background.

A Flyer Advertising Yeezy’s 1st Art Show in 1995

Along with the pieces found, there’s also a flyer advertising Kanye West’s 1st show held in 1995. Besides his vivid background in arts, the flyer gives information that the then-17-year-old is interested in pursuing a career as a music producer.

West's 1995 Advertisement Flyer
A Teen Kanye West’s Artworks Appeared on ‘Antiques Roadshow’

The person who brought in the pieces explained how young West was able to study at such famous schools at a young age. It turns out Kanye West’s mother was an English college professor. She used to travel all over the world, and Kanye was always with her. This expanded his view of art and culture on a global level.

This is not the first time we see Kanye West’s art. In 2005, when the rapper promoted his LP “Late Registration,” he spoke with Sway Calloway on MTV and showed some of his pieces.