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Strength and Optimism
Acrylic on canvas
24” x 30”
On Display at Zenith Gallery until Oct. 15, 2017
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Strength and Optimism is an acrylic painting of The Monument to Joe Louis. The monument is a 24-foot long metal arm and fist of the late world-champion heavyweight boxer Joe Louis. I created this painting to instill hope in the future of Detroit, Michigan, the city nearest to my hometown and where this monument stands. The fist, flanked by Detroit buildings, represents strength, and the statue’s highlights convey optimism for Detroit. Although the painting was created in 2015 and in the spirit of a resurrection of Detroit, it also represents power, tenacity, and hope, all of which are relevant to the entire country in today's divisive political climate in the wake of the recent U.S. Presidential election.




 


The Boss
Oil on canvas
24” x 20”

On Display at Busboys and Poets, 5th & K until Nov. 26, 2017
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This portrait of Bruce Springsteen was inspired by the recent U.S. Presidential election and the divisiveness that has gripped the country since. I painted a portrait of Bruce Springsteen in part because I wanted to paint someone like Bruce who is intimidating to stare at. I was hoping that the painting would encourage viewers to pause, self-reflect, and find new ways to be accepting of others. The painting’s background is a throwback to Bruce’s Born in the U.S.A. album cover which also has red stripes. It’s also a nod to famed American painter, Jasper Johns, well known for his flag paintings. I thought this painting would be a nice reminder to consider who we are, what we value, and what type of country we want to live in.


 

 
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ZENITH GALLERY est. 1978
TWO LOCATIONS:
UPPER NORTHWEST GALLERY: 1429 Iris Street, NW,  Washington DC 20012       MAP
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm, Or by appointment 
DOWNTOWN GALLERY: 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20004       MAP
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am - 7 pm, Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm
(On Saturday Enter on 12th St. NW DC 20004; Knock and a guard will let you in.)
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