Monumental Protest Painting - I Can’t Breathe Original
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The Black Lives Matter protests deserve a monumental painting.
This painting is based on a series of photographs and videos of the clearing of Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. There are times in our history where a confluence of forces collide and everything is made clear.
This is one of those times.
Three different police forces clear the square.
On June 1, 2020, at around 6:30 PM, members of three different police forces gathered at the edge of LaFayette Square facing off against a group of largely peaceful protesters. Using tear gas, pepper balls and stinger balls, they pushed the protesters back.
And then the president gets his picture taken holding a bible.
30 minutes later, President Trump and his entourage walked across the now-deserted square for a photo op with Trump holding a bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church.
This painting is both small and big.
The artwork itself is only 14" x 20", but I painted it as if it were a 7' x 10' oil painting. I used small brushes and worked on it for weeks. For example, I probably spent 5 full days on the face of the young woman who has been pepper sprayed in the front, trying to get the right look and light.
You are buying an original painting
I paint using gouache, watercolor, and pen and ink on Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor paper. The painting is 14" x 20" and is signed on the back.