02/28/2012 09:31 am ET Updated Apr 29, 2012

Thumbtack 'Paintings' Of Black Icons By Andre Woolery Shown In Tribeca (PHOTOS)

TRIBECA -- Andre Woolery paints in thumbtacks.

Using thousands and thousands of the brightly colored pushpins, Woolery, a self-taught artist who lives and works in Harlem, has crafted portraits of black icons ranging from President Barack Obama to Kanye West.

Many of those portraits, which are between two and nine feet tall, are now on display at TriBeCa's Frontrunner Gallery, in a show aptly titled "Bruised Thumbs."