Monumental Protest Painting - The Spirit of St. Louis - Original
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An Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object
When I started work on this painting, I thought it was going to be about the McCloskeys, the St. Louis couple that drew their guns when a group of protestors walked down their “private” street. But as I learned more, I became interested in the contrast between the McCloskeys and Cori Bush, a community organizer who led the march.
Cori Bush is a single mother who has been a protest leader since the Michael Brown killing in 2014. She challenged the longstanding Democratic incumbent in a primary and won. As a community leader, she marched past the McCloskeys’ home with a megaphone, and I like to think of the contrast of her words against their threats of violence.
The painting is showing a battle between these two spirits of St. Louis. I guess it’s not too hard to see which side I’m on.
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 Cori Bush's hands.
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 14" x 20" and is signed on the back.