Autumn de Forest Wows Gala Crowd With Beyoncé Portrait
What do Autumn de Forest and Beyoncé have in common? They’re both young, fierce, and unquestionably talented.
In honor of the Grammy Award-winning artist, Autumn presented Tina Knowles-Lawson—fashion designer and mother of Beyoncé—with a portrait of her daughter during the inaugural Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles.
The art prodigy was invited to take part in the gala, which served as a fundraiser benefitting the WACO Theater Center. Proceeds were dedicated to local mentorship programs that encourage arts in education, a cause close to Autumn’s heart.
During the gala, Autumn had a special gift for Knowles-Lawson and her husband, Richard Lawson. Autumn presented them with “Immaculate,” a portrait of Beyoncé to celebrate the expectant mother of twins. Beyoncé attended the gala as well, underscoring her and Autumn’s shared dedication to giving back. Autumn’s portrait depicted Beyoncé in the tradition of religious iconography, a theme Beyoncé embraced for her pregnancy announcement photos.
In 2015, the young artist received the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art from the Vatican for her dedication to art and humanitarian efforts. The award gave Autumn the opportunity to present Pope Francis with artwork that now hangs in the Vatican. Since this achievement, Autumn has continued to explore religious themes in her artwork.
Autumn also donated a painting from her current collection to the Wearable Art Gala fundraiser. Since the age of 6, Autumn has contributed artwork and resources to various charitable organizations, such as the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.
The artist also works with Turnaround Arts, a national program that brings arts education programs and supplies to underperforming elementary and middle schools.