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The Collection

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 J6 batch of (10) additional paintings were completed in 2022 after further details came out about events during the same timeline. The next batch of (10) paintings were completed in 2023 and highlight some “Heroes and Zeros” of our democracy. Most recently, another (10) paintings focused on the Trump Trials has been added to the collection.

The (60) paintings in RockwellB’s collection “The Republic is Tested: History Unfolds Before Our Eyes” 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

Back of Cradled panels with first coat of gesso
Gesso for the Front of Cradled panels