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The Magic of Youth

Limited edition of 50, 2017
Archival pigment print

Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist

14.00 x 11.00 in
35.56 x 27.94 cm

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About the Work

Arcmanoro Niles' paintings chronicle his upbringing as a youth in Washington DC and illustrate the complex, multifaceted narratives within the inner city landscape. In these portraits, Niles elevates and enhances his characters' power through the usage of his characteristic blisteringly vibrant hues. In an interview with Creators, he explained, “One of the beautiful things about people of color, for me, are the reds, the purples, and the golden tones that glow. I wanted to push that as far as I can, while still having it be recognizably a specific group of people.” Alongside his human subjects are mischievous characters, which the artist has dubbed "seekers," personifying forces external to the focal narratives, like a Greek chorus reflecting on the interpersonal dramas rendered within the compositions. In The Magic of Youth, we are invited into Niles’ world, encountering children whom simultaneously invite us in, acknowledging our presence with locked gazes, while using the same fixed stares to maintain a safe distance. The scene is intimate, reflecting existence at the borderline of fantasy and reality, where personal memory is borne.

Artist Biography

Arcmanoro Niles has held solo exhibitions at Lehmann Maupin (London, New York), UTA Artist Space (Los Angeles), Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York), and Long Gallery (New York) among others. Niles has been included in group exhibitions at Hessel Museum of Art (Hudson, NY), ICA Miami, Hauser and Wirth (New York), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT), The MAC Belfast, The Phoenix Art Museum, Jeffery Deitch (Los Angeles) and more. His work is featured in permanent institutional collections including the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Dallas Museum of Art, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Yuz Museum (Shanghai). Niles currently lives and works in New York.

Authentication & Resale

This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. 

Be sure to keep your Certificate of Authenticity (COA) in a safe place. We are unable to replace or reissue COAs.


Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.

All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.

Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.

We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.

Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.

Shippings & Returns

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We are unable to accept returns on custom framed artwork. Our general policy is that we do not accept returns. If your print arrives damaged or does not meet your expectations, you may be eligible for a replacement or return. Any issues must be reported within 5 business days of receipt by emailing