Rep. John Lewis
John Lewis. Layering a 1957 civil rights comic with white paint, I use the negative space to create the image. I coordinate the background content with each painting so in this portrait, several frames of the comic reference walking as John Lewis did across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on several prominent occasions. Much of the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is told in the background of John Lewis’ portrait - events that I imagined would elicit the expression featured in the painting and cause him to hold his heart. The outline of his head is placed just so that it appears that the comic version of Dr. Martin Luther King is preaching in his ear. The tenderness of his expression in this piece truly make this portrait one of my favorites.
- Reads beautifully both from across the room and up close. Find new details to discover in it every day!
- Made entirely with archival materials so its fresh vibrant colors won’t fade or decay; a piece to treasure your whole life.
- The piece comes framed and wired, ready to hang.
- Mixed media: wood, found objects, acrylic paint
21" wide x 25" high
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