The portrait paintings from the Blood On Their Hands series were auctioned in NYC! A tidy sum was delivered to the Parkland Victim’s fund as well as the Brady Campaign to support gun control. Bedford & Bowery covered the auction.
Oddly, the European press really picked up the story. My portrait of Senator Ron Johnson was pictured in monopol, a German magazine.
Though art about gun violence doesn’t get much media attention here, the Europeans reward work like this with attention and the support of column inches. Perhaps its related to their perception of us fighting for what they already have – a kind of domestic peace that can more easily allow trust between strangers. . . This article, in the Belgian press, is in Dutch, and includes the short film made about the project; another German publication includes the same photos used in the monopol piece.
In any event, many of the works sold, including my portrait of Paul Ryan. Word was the buyer’s mother lives in Janesville, and was hoping to take a snapshot holding the painting in front of his house. We’ll see 🙂 Leah Barrett, ED of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, did deliver a print to Speaker Ryan in July of 2016 . . .