CANVASS 44: Finding My Voice and Saying It Loud


American Wants Obama by Onjena

Rosie the Renegade Says It Loud by Onjena


Say It Loud by Onjena

“All this talk about “founding fathers” and the building of America by hard work without handouts…

This country is great because it was built on the backs of slaves. What better handout than to start your businesses with free labor.”

~ Grey Williamson

Daaaaaaaaaaamn… talking about ALL of our history, even the ugly parts, does not make me unpatriotic. I am proud of our country and of our President. No apologies.

Download, share, repost… speak up…vote!

~ Onjena

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CANVASS 44: Toy Designer & Sculptor Eric Nocella Diaz Supports President Obama

Tuttz meets the Renegade

“The Renegade Obama bust is a really good platform. A good game plan to try to enhance the bust as a custom will be difficult. Thing is, even unpainted it doesn’t need anything and to add something… the trick is to not diminish it.”

~ Eric Nocella Diaz

Eric Nocella Diaz was one of the first artists to commit to participating in CANVASS 44. We have a long history with Mr. Nocella Diaz. Through his toy production company, he has been instrumental in helping us bring multiple collectible sculpts and toys to market, including the Renegade Obama bust.

When we shared the concept of CANVASS 44 with Eric in early 2011, he was very supportive of our efforts to contribute art that documented the accomplishments of the 44th President, beyond his election. This was during a time when President Obama’s popularity had predictably dropped after his historic election…and after fighting for healthcare reform.

So it was a natural fit to invite him to embellish the Renegade Obama bust as part of CANVASS 44. We invited artists to interpret the President’s statement:

“This is what change looks like.”

~ President Barack Obama

The “canvas” is a specially prepared Renegade Obama bust pictured above next to one of Eric’s collectibles, the Tuttz. The 1/6th scale bust is approximately 11 inches high and was sculpted by Grey Williamson & Kilroy III.

As Eric finalizes his designs, we will share additional images of his custom Renegade Obama bust.

Please share your Obama-inspired art with us @CANVASS44.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Eric Nocella Diaz has been sculpting toy prototypes, maquettes and statues professionally for over 15 years. He has worked on high-profile projects with major toy companies such as ToyBiz, Marvel, Mcfarlane Toys, ToysRus, Hasbro, Kidrobot, DC Direct, Art Asylum and Ka-Ching Brands. Some of the licensed projects he has worked on for those companies range from the award-winning Beatles Yellow Submarine toy line, E.T., Preschool Spiderman, Lord Of The Rings, Classic Avengers, Japanese Anime FLCL, Batman Begins to the Video Game Award crowned monkey trophy for Spike TV. He is also a co-publisher, art director and editor of independent comic books through Xmoor Studios as well as a producer of popular high-end designer resin toys through his toy companies GoldMane EntertainmentArgonaut Resins.

TRU SOUL MOVEMENT: Crashing, Believing and Thinking Forward by Derrick Trotman

Obama Crashes the RNC
Dimensions: 8.5×11
Medium: Pencil, Prisma Marker, Charcoal, Photoshop

“I have been keeping up with all the policies and political theatre going on in the country since Obama has been president and have been frustrated with all the coded jabs. Republicans that fear the natural change in this country’s ethnic and moral changes and see President Obama as a threat to their illusion of power. Mitt Romney’s healthcare bill is the same blue print as the Affordable Care Act but because a democratic President passed a law they once pushed for is now seen as a sin.

The theme of the illustration show cases how Obama likes to pop up and make an entrance.

What better way to show your contender that you mean business than to show up on the one night where the opponent is suppose to shine not the incumbent.”

~ Tru Soul

Obama I BELIEVE IN YOU
Dimensions: 8.5×11
Medium: Prisma Marker, Sharpe Ball Point Marker

“Back in 2010 i could see early on that the problems and issues President Obama was trying to fix would not happen; due in large part to Republicans dividing the nation on social and cultural issues. President Obama believes so much in the america dream because he is a true living example having a mother who was white and a father who was black.

President Obama believes the power is still with the people and he means to put it in their hands with a strong education and a growing economy.

The over lapping colors of red and blue showcase how tightly woven the differences and opinions of the country really are. President Obama knows that the issues he faces are not easy ones which is reflected in his tight looking face.

Over all the message of the piece is that only by working together to solve our common problems will we truly strive as a United States.”

~ Tru Soul

Thinking Forward
Dimensions: 11 x 14
Medium: Pencil, Prisma Markers, Charcoal

“This piece is meant to showcase the mental toughness and strain that President Obama faces every day. For killing Osama Bin Laden, to Bailing out GM and adverting a depression; to providing quality health care for all, ending DADT and equal pay for women. The President has been under the most pressure, and dealt the worst hand and still maintains his cool and connection to the american people. Republicans have called into question his qualification to lead based on the color of his skin and the name he is known by.

Thinking Forward is a piece that says despite the hardships we have faced in the past and are presently dealing with, the future is still bright and we must move forward. It showcases the seriousness at which the President has for those in his administration to the hard-working middle class and poor.”

~ Tru Soul

A portion of proceeds from these three pieces of art will be donated to the re-election efforts for President Obama. All pieces can be purchased at Mr. Trotman’s website www.TruSoul.org. Be a part of the movement by following Tru Soul on twitter @TruSoulmovement

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Derrick Trotman’s Tru Soul movement is about authentic art that raises awareness and promotes originality. He is an illustrator, designer, poet and thinker who enjoys working in multiple mediums including pencils, prisma marker, deco paint, charcoal, bamboo wood ink, water-color and digital painting. His primary influences have been his mother, Stan Lee, Cezanne, Matisse, Jim Lee, The Itialian Renissance, Debroah Haverty,  Justin Bua, African art and fractals. Learn more about Mr. Trotman by visiting www.trusoul.org

CANVASS 44: Treason, Truth and President Obama

… Once the president is elected, he no longer represents one party, but the totality of the American politique… at least ’til the next election process begins.
When the Republican party politicians announced that, from the time he was elected, that their prime directive for the next four years was to remove him from office… it was treason… by definition, mutiny.
The people have the right to disagree, dissent, protest… exercise their voice in a number of ways, including the vote…
… but our political officials are hired to treat the POTUS as Commander In Chief… above party affiliation. Non-adherence to this destroys the political process and makes us as citizens slaves to individual party agendas, and therefore the personal interests of its individual leaders.
Mutiny…
Treason…
Capitol Crimes?
Truth.

~ Grey Williamson

Support America by donating to the President’s re-election efforts here and registering to vote in your state.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

#sayitLOUD #spreadLOVE

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Grey Williamson has worked as a writer, artist and designer for almost every major comic publisher in the comic industry. He formed Carbon-Fibre Media as a home for his entertainment properties and productions.

Kilroy III makes his professional debut at Carbon-Fibre Media with his work on the Apollo, Val-Mar and Renegade busts. He has multiple projects under development that can be viewed on his blog, Kilroy’s Attic.

ARTISTS FOR OBAMA: Art Fundraising Event at the Vision House: Palisades, California

First Family: The Obamas by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Vision House Presents

“ARTISTS FOR OBAMA” Art Fundraising Event

Pacific Palisades, California

Sunday, August 5, 2012

For info and sponsorships lacommons(at)aol.com or synthia(at)synthiasaintjames.com.

“First Family: The Obamas” – Limited Edition Giclees on Canvas available  at www.synthiasaintjames.com.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, award winning author and or illustrator of 17 children’s books, authored an autobiographical art marketing book, 3 poetry books, a book of affirmations, and a cookbook. In reviews her artwork has been described as “ebullient”, “bold”, “creates paintings that remind one of Matisse cutouts in their clear line and intense color” and “joyful”.

Her paintings grace the covers of over 70 books, including books by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, New York Times bestselling author IyanlaVanzant, and books by Terry McMillan, also a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been published worldwide in several different languages.

She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, for which she received a History Maker Award.

POTUS & VPOTUS Sculptures by James Munoz aka MrSculpty


President Obama Sculpture by James Munoz

Vice-President Biden Sculpture by James Munoz
President Obama Sculpture Vice-President Biden Sculpture

“I have been sculpting since I was literally a boy. I can still remember the days of Playdough… It wasn’t until I got older, and my skills got better, did the thrill of creating become really significant. Almost political.

Like Obama, I am of a mixed race. He inspires me to believe that, today, it doesn’t matter. In the U.S. we all can be whatever we want.

I choose not to get to involved with my political beliefs publicly, but can acknowledge how important President Obama is. President Obama is, whether you like it or not, the most significant President since George Washington.

As an artist, I choose to sculpt individuals who have a significant impact on our world.”

~ James Munoz

This is not Mr. Munoz’ first Presidential sculpture. His “Young Bill Clinton” is a one-of-a-kind sculpture that was signed by President Bill Clinton himself.

Rumor has it that Vice-President Biden is considering a run for the top office in 2016. Think Mr. Munoz can go three for three?

Both sculptures are made of terracotta. The Obama sculpture is 12″ H x 5″ W x 5″ D, the Biden sculpture is 12″H x 5″ W x 5″ D. You can follow Mr. Munoz as he finishes his pieces on twitter at MrSculpty.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

James Munoz is a renowned sculptor who displays nationally. His specialty is human form and he excels in portraiture. “Inspiration for my work comes to me late at night” says Munoz. “This is when I find that the pieces come to life and their souls encompass us, as though they are alive.” James Munoz currently has sculptures at several prestigious galleries and several pieces in private collections placed across the United States.

Handmade Wooden Obama Campaign Pins by Louise’s Daughter

Laser cut and hand painted and assembled wooden campaign button to support Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012.

This one is Red, White, and Blue, and is about 2.5″ square.  Metal pin back. Available here.

$15 of the proceeds goes directly to the President’s re-election campaign.  $5 goes to defray the cost of production.

Please contact Louise’s Daughter if you are interested in buying in quantity to sell to others to raise funds for President Obama’s re-election.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Cheryl and Don Olney of Louise’s Daughter love to make colorful figurative artwork from wood, paper, and other materials. They also love to do custom items, which can be as simple as different colors on a standard item, or a completely new design in just about any size ranging from 1 inch to 8 feet tall. They love a challenge so contact them at don(at)louisesdaughter.com

CANVASS 44: United We Stand: A Tribute to America: Presidential Paintings by Alex Krasky

“About our President, I think he will be reelected. He is a strong Guy. And if you saw all my webpages, I have a very special dream. I want to meet our President personally and hand him my Art. (It’s already signed: From Alex Krasky to Our President Barack Obama). My Mom is waiting that one day I will do it. I promised her I will. She is the only one who is still alive in my Family. I want to make her really proud of me.”
~ Alex Krasky
Alex has committed a portion of the sales of his paintings and art prints to the re-election of President Obama as well as to the American Cancer Society.
You can view his unique style applied to other prominent Americans at The Art of Alex Krasky. Alex and his work have been featured in numerous publications, most recently on the USA Patriotism website.
What do y’all think? Can we help make Alex Krasky’s dream come true?
Thanks for reading!
~ Onjena
ABOUT THE ARTIST

Alex Krasky‘s journey to America began when he left the former Russia/Ukraine in 1997.  Although he expressed an interest in art at the age of 5, it wasn’t until seven countries and twelves years after his arrival in the United States that he took an oil painting class and picked up a brush for the first time.  “I learned, life is not a rehearsal, we go forward every day, regardless. I learned to savor the moment and take pleasure in small things in life. After all, life is made up of thousands of “small moments”.

CANVASS 44: BAMA Oil Painting by Ragamuffin Arts’ Oneil Maitland

“BAMA” Oil Painting: 16 x 20

“This piece is inspired by the masking or make-up of politics. To always show a person of leadership joyous and heroic is unrealistic. I aim to show a man leading a nation divided by various ideologies. The intense color of the background makes the lone president monumental as is his responsibility.”

~ Oneil Maitland of Ragamuffin Arts

Proceeds from the sale of “BAMA” will benefit Organizing for America and Africa-Diaspora Partnership For Empowerment & Development Inc (ADPED).  The ADPED is a not-for profit organization with membership from people of all nationalities, creed, and gender, who are bound together by a strong commitment to empowering people of Africa and the Diaspora to achieve community-led, self-reliant, sustainable livelihood and development.

Please contact the artist, Oneil Maitland at ragamuffin.arts(at)gmail.com for inquiries regarding “BAMA.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Oneil Maitland is a Caribbean American artist and animator whose work feature a versatile approach with communicating the traditional aspects of fine arts with an urban contemporary allure. Maitland attended the New World School of the Arts majoring in drawing/painting and electronic media. His art style is bold, intense,and vibrant but yet leaves room for sensitivity to what must come next… life. The content of the artist’s work ranges from social, political and cultural identity.

Obamabot 2.0: Obamacat, Bed-Stuy 2012, Mo’Bama Blues

In response to my description of the “obamabot” toy robot as capturing the essence of Obama as opposed to his likeness, my 3-year old godson corrected me, “Noooo! Not the essence of Obama… PRESIDENT Obama!”

I love that kid.

Obamacrats… I mean, Obamacats… OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Yes, this is Lion-O. Not Lionel. And although I lost my geek card because I did not know that, I was still inspired by the Thundercats and my President. It may be tempting for some to turn “Lion-O” into “Lyin’ O” but I couldn’t resist. The entire “obamabot” concept actually began with the idea of turning something negative into something more positive.

Obamacat

Obamacat

Bed-Stuy for Obama. Not to be presumptuous about an entire neighborhood… but around my way, the pictures in storefronts and parlour floor windows speak for themselves…

Bed Stuy 2012

Bed Stuy 2012

Mo’Better… Mo’Bama… or was that “No’Bama”…? The irony of this “co-opt” concept was that I stumbled across many derogatory terms for the President on twitter searching under the term “Obama lover.” Hmmm… Brooklyn Blue Dems, stand up!

Mo'Bama Blues

Mo’Bama Blues

DIYs will be available soon so you can customize your own Obamabot to fit your botitude.

All designs are available on t-shirts and various accessories on our CANVASS 44 store for the benefit of Organizing for America, Partners in Health and BVSJ.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Onjena makes her professional debut at Carbon-Fibre Media with her line of toy robots called “O’BOTS” and a line of political t-shirts for CANVASS 44. She is also an amateur scrapbooker. 

Eric Nocella Diaz, under his company, GoldMane Entertainment, in addition to publishing comic books and graphic novels, develops prototype sculptures, maquettes, statues, busts, designer resin collectibles and toys.

President Obama Painting by Rodney Jackson

President Obama Painting

A painting by Rodney Jackson featured in Art Basel Miami and on the cover of college lifestyle magazine, Back\Slash.

Art prints are available here for the benefit of Organizing for America.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rodney Jackson is the architect of the art movement known as DONŪ that is characterized by a fusion of classic and new school artistic approaches. His most recent work uses photos and textiles to highlight the labor class of people as they carve their place into the fabric of American culture.