The Justice Rides seem like they should be solemn, mournful affairs.
These protests, led by the NYC Street Riders, support the Black Lives Matter movement. Cyclists are raising awareness of and looking to end systemic racism. The riders protest to hold the police accountable for their actions.
But there’s something fun and exhilarating about these rides.
People are chanting, singing, the city flies by beneath our feet. You get caught up in the rhythm of the protest, the view of the next street, the next intersection, people on their stoops, people cheering you on, cars honking in solidarity.
The flag is meaningful.
There is usually someone with a flag holding it high as the wind works to whip it out of their hands. To me there’s something deeply disturbing about the way the flag becomes a billboard, the freedom and patriotism symbolized by the flag obscured by the last words of George Floyd and Eric Garner.
My painting is hopeful.
But it also might make you feel a little uncomfortable.
You are buying an original painting
I paint using gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Arches Hot Pressed 300 g/m2 Watercolor paper. The painting is 7" x 10" and is signed on the back.