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Michael James Freedman

Monumental Bike Protest Painting Study 1 - Justice Ride

Monumental Bike Protest Painting Study 1 - Justice Ride

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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.

The print itself is beautiful.

I print this using a top-of-the-line Epson printer on archival Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g/mA Paper. I use pigment based inks that are certified to last over 200 years. It is uncanny how the print looks like the original.

The paper has a subtle texture on it that feels warm. Everyone who has seen these prints is amazed at how beautiful they are.

I am so excited to be able to provide something of such high quality at a reasonable price.

It fits in standard frames.

The original drawing is 7"x10", but the print has a 3/4" border on the top and bottom and a .5" border on the sides, so the print fits in a standard 8.5" x 11" frame.

You will receive a signed and numbered print. I really think you'll like it (and it makes a great gift).

Limited edition prints of this quality typically cost $80 or much more.

Because I paint, scan, print, market, and ship these myself, I can keep the costs down. I'm not doing this to make money. My goal is to make great art and get it into the hands of collectors who will really appreciate it.

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