Work Purpose and Description
The purpose of this creative collection of narrative paintings depicting the American historic journey leading up to the transfer of power to the Biden Administration is to enrich and stimulate the discussion of important issues related to supporting the Constitution and defending democracy.
At the bottom of each painting, the caption highlights the date-stamped news of the day with a timeline in relation to the 2020 Presidential Election on November 3rd, 2020 (noted as E plus or minus days on the paintings) and the Covid-19 US death toll which played an instrumental role in deciding the Presidential election (noted as C19US rounded to the nearest one thousand deaths on the paintings).
These narrative paintings incorporate transformative work adding new meanings, original works, portraits, politics, history and news reporting disseminating factual information, education, parody, satire, criticism, commentary providing insight, opinions and free speech. Where possible public domain and creative commons zero (CC0) works were used as a reference. Attributions and credits have been noted with care.
This work of art flows from many months spent in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic of the times. The first batch of (30) paintings were completed from October 2020 through April 2021, overlapping the actual events that are depicted. The second batch of (10) additional paintings were completed in 2022 after further details came out about events during the same timeline. The third batch of (10) additional paintings were completed in 2023 and highlight some “Heroes and Zeros” of our democracy.
The (50) paintings in “The Republic is Tested: History Unfolds Before Our Eyes” collection are registered with the US Copyright office.
Hand-Crafted Cradled Wood Panel Material
3/4 “ nominal Birch Plywood cut to 2 ft x 3 ft;
High-quality, veneered construction gives structural strength, precision flatness and aesthetic beauty
Framed and supported with 1 x 2” nominal Maple; meets the highest grading standards for strength and appearance
Wood glue and nails affix the frame to the Birch panel
Cut canvas on the face of the panel
White gesso the Cradled Wood Panel
Acrylic Paint and Paint Pens
Overall approximate size:
2 ft width x 3 ft height x 2 ¼” depth per panel painting
Weight approximately 17 pounds per panel painting