Yesterday I started a new portrait of Dr and Coretta Scott King. I have to say, the Age of Obama has been very stimulating creatively for myself as I have produced more pointedly political work now than I did during eight years of Bush. I mean this, of course, in terms of the oil paintings and big stuff; I turned out plenty of schlocky cartoons and crap over those eight years but nothing that I consider of any lasting interest. But this administration is different. I just finished something I call ‘Echo (Can You Hear It?)’ that has a rather complicated origin. Matisse did a piece called ‘L’Escargot’ (The Snail) in 1953. Alma Thomas did a piece called ‘Watusi (Hard Edge) that played with it. The Obamas hung the Thomas piece and Michelle Malkin and other right wingers embarrassed themselves with their ‘art criticism’.
This piece is my response to that specifically and it is an expression of my love and pride for America generally. These paintings really are meant to be viewed by the naked eye and the photograph is low quality, but I think the idea comes through.
ECHO (Can You Hear It?)