CANVASS 44 Gallery: Artists for Obama

So many are still inspired by President Obama, his family and his administration. Click on an image below to learn more about the artist and the inspiration behind each piece of art.

Shout out to the artists who have contributed to CANVASS 44 and the art history of our President:

Please share your art with us @CANVASS44.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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President Obama Renegade Bust by Grey Williamson & Kilroy III

President Obama Renegade Bust by Grey Williamson & Kilroy III
President Obama Renegade Bust President Obama Renegade Bust

President Obama Painting by Rodney Jackson

Obamanator :: Obamabot 2.0 :: by onjena & Gold Mane Entertainment
President Obama Painting Obamanator :: Obamabot 2.0

Say It Loud 1.0 by onjena

Say It Again, Sam 1.0 by onjena
Say It Loud 1.0 Say It Again, Sam 1.0

Say It Again, Sam 2.0 by onjena

Rosie the Renegade by Onjena
Say It Again, Sam 2.0 Rosie the Renegade

Keepin' the Change by onjena

Obamacat :: Obamabot 2.0 by onjena
Keepin’ the Change Obamacat :: Obamabot 2.0

Obamanation by onjena

Exceptional by onjena
Obamanation Exceptional

Hana Hou by onjena

Optimist Prime by onjena
Hana Hou Optimist Prime

Bed Stuy 2012 by onjena

Mo'Bama Blues by onjena
Bed Stuy 2012 Mo’Bama Blues

Wet Paint by Andre Woolery

Barack Black Eagle by Bunk
Wet Paint Barack Black Eagle

Wet Paint by Andre Woolery

Ali Says It Loud by onjena, Kilroy III, Grey Williamson
BAMA Ali Says It Loud

Painting by Alex Krasky

Ali Says It Loud by onjena, Kilroy III, Grey Williamson
America in My Eyes Who Will Save America?

Painting by Alex Krasky

Obama Wooden Campaign Pin by Louise's Daughter
In His Shoes Obama Wooden Campaign Pin

Renegade O'bamabot by Onjena of Carbon-Fibre Media & GoldMane Entertainment

Willard Romneybot by Onjena of Carbon-Fibre Media & GoldMane Entertainment
Renegade :: O’bamabot Willard :: Romneybot

President Obama Sculpture by James Munoz

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

First Family: The Obamas by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Renaissance 2.0 by Onjena & GoldMane Entertainment
First Family: The Obamas Renaissance 2.0 :: O’bamabot

North Lawn Mosaic by Lisa Anne Riley

SouthLawn Mosaic by Lisa Anne Riley
North Lawn Mosaic South Lawn Mosaic

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Korean-Americans by Onjena

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Israeli-Americans by Onjena
Korean Americans Israeli Americans

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Cape Verdean-Americans by Onjena

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Canadian-Americans by Onjena
Cape Verdean Americans Canadian Americans

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Japanese-Americans by Onjena

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Ghanaian-Americans by Onjena
Japanese Americans Ghanaian Americans

Multinational Patriot Series for Obama: Chinese-Americans by Onjena

Thinking Forward by Derrick Trotman (Tru Soul)
Chinese Americans Thinking Forward

Obama Crashes the RNC by Derrick Trotman (Tru Soul)

I Believe in You by Derrick Trotman (Tru Soul)
Obama Crashes the RNC I Believe in You

Tuttz meets Renegade by Eric Nocella Diaz

Tutti i colori di Obama by Matteo Ceschi
Tuttz meets Renegade Tutti i colori di Obama

Obama Said Knock You Out by Robt Seda-Schreiber

Baby Got Hope by Robt Seda-Schreiber
Obama Said Knock You Out Baby Got Hope

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.

CANVASS 44: Mother Hunger, Art and Perspective and President Obama

“The Problem We All Live With” by Norman Rockwell

“Mother hunger — to be one or have one”

                                                    ~ Toni Morrison

… the desire to protect and be protected…  to be seen as a human worthy to be celebrated… admired…forgiven…

It’s not about celebrating one over another. It’s about equal protection for a chance to get it right… or to get it wrong…

I think President Obama got it right when he honored the bravery of a six year old girl named Ruby Bridges by hanging Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With” in the White House. Many thought the President got it wrong by choosing to highlight such an “ugly” part of American history. I see the image of Ruby shielded by several U.S. Marshalls and my heart aches and swells with pride. I guess we all have a right to choose what we will never forget…

Perspective…

Here we are in 2012, and some of the American media seems to have a tough time celebrating certain people’s achievements… Sometimes it is just the tone of the reporter… sometimes it is the persistent questioning of mental strength and preparedness… as if to diminish the hard work and mental toughness en route to becoming an Olympic champion twice over… (Thank you Gabby Douglas).

I understand that because Great Britain was the host country of the Olympics, the American media was keen to follow and celebrate their team’s wins (mainly when the American teams were not in medal contention)… however, as a multi-national patriot, I felt something else was going on… An air of exclusion that I have unfortunately grown accustom to…

Who do we readily accept as our heroes? And if someone who looks like Gabby Douglas (or Serena Williams) is that hero… do we explain it away by saying they are exceptions and not the rule (quite different from being exceptional, mind you)…? When the American flag fell during Serena’s medal ceremony, I felt a slight twinge of anxiety for how some would interpret it as a bad sign… But Serena’s response made my heart soar:

“…it was probably flying to come hug me because the flag was so happy.”

                                                                                                             ~ Serena Williams

The flag was not the only happy one, Miss Williams. (And while I’m celebrating Serena’s win, I’d like to congratulate some of my other favorite Olympic athletes… Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Allyson Felix, Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Samuel Mikulak and Usain Bolt).

The problems we all live with… we may not agree on what they are or how to solve them, but I can say this… I believe President Obama is the right one to deal with the problems of America.

Having a colorful past is about as American as it gets. (And just an FYI to Team Romney… America’s “shared heritage” expands well beyond the borders of Great Britain…). I designed my first multi-national symbol for my mom’s “seoul food” eatery… but it seems to have resonated with many people… so I designed a few more variations. I am posting it on CANVASS 44…to represent all multi-nationals who support President Obama.

Representing the change in America that  has been here all along… From left to right: Americans from Cape Verde, Israel, Canada, Ghana, Japan, Korea and China. More to come…

A portion of proceeds from all merchandise on the CANVASS 44 store will go to the re-election campaign for President Obama, Partners in Health and the BVSJ.

Please share your art with us in support of the President via twitter @CANVASS44.

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT RUBY BRIDGES & NORMAN ROCKWELL

Ruby Bridges Hall now serves on the board of Norman Rockwell Museum and founded The Ruby Bridges Foundation in 1999 to promote the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences. She commended Rockwell for having “enough courage to step up to the plate and say I’m going to make a statement, and he did it in a very powerful way.”

Norman Rockwell received letters of both praise and criticism for depicting such direct social commentary in his painting “The Problem We All Live With.” Rockwell continued to revisit the theme of civil rights in several other of his illustrations from the period.

*A very special shout out to @problemwthat for encouraging me to share my American story.

North & South Lawn Mosaics by Lisa Anne Riley: Art for President Obama’s Reelection


North Lawn Mosaic by Lisa Anne Riley

SouthLawn Mosaic by Lisa Anne Riley
North Lawn Mosaic South Lawn Mosaic

“I support President Obama because I believe that he strives for the best interest of the American people.  His humble beginnings allow him to identify with the average American, unlike so many other politicians.”

~ Lisa Anne Riley

100% of the profits from the sales of both Obama White House mosaics will be donated to the Obama campaign between now and late October 2012.

Ms. Riley’s mosaics are available in various sizes and formats on her website at lisa-riley.artistwebsites.com. Please contact her via twitter @lisa_anne_riley for questions… [or to connect the left… ;0)]

Please share!

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lisa Anne Riley maintains a full-time job and freelances in the art field. Her artwork has been sold internationally as well featured in various books. Her artwork is currently for sale at lisa-riley.artistwebsites.com.

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.

CANVASS 44: Barack Black Eagle: He Who Helps People Throughout the Land by Bunky Echo-Hawk

“Barack Black Eagle: He Who Helps People Throughout the Land”

Artist Bunky Echo-Hawk painted this piece live at the Native Nations: Uniting for Change event during the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Earlier in the year, Huffingtonpost featured this painting with about 10 other pieces describing the works as “bizarre.” Hmmm… “bizarre” or simply misunderstood? The “re-imagination” of popular figures, whether historical or fictional, is actually not that bizarre…

Take a look at the varied representations of Jesus… brunette…blonde… brown eyes… blue eyes… wooly hair… flowing locks… “swarthy”… white skin… If you ask most people what the founder of Buddhism looks like, most would describe a smiling jolly and bald Chinese man.

And no, this “bizarre” phenomenon is not limited to religious figures… Have you seen an American movie in the past few years or, oh wait, since Hollywood began producing movies, be it original or remakes? Ironically, the most recent “backlash” against the “re-imagination” of a character was aimed at a young character named “Rue” in “The Hunger Games.” (FYI. It wasn’t Rue’s characterization that was wrong, but the imagination of many of the viewers/readers…).

I can feel the eyes roll… How fitting that I reference religious figures and Hollywood when Obama has been “accused” of being a fake messiah and a “celebrity.”

What I see is positive change… a shift in deep-rooted underlying assumptions that are being challenged more frequently and by many different voices. I read an article in February about the “Linsanity” phenomenom by Yellow Peril that described Jeremy Lin as an “Asian Obama.” Robert Deniro recently came under fire for a joke about it being too soon for a “White First Lady.”

Thank you Bunky Echo-Hawk, for sharing your perspective on how our heroes can capture our collective imaginations…

Bizarre? No. Assumptions challenged. Yes.

And what exactly is “flesh-colored” anyway…?

Proceeds from the sale of Barack Black Eagle prints will be shared with Organizing for America and NVision. NVision is a movement  that is “committed to the development of Native youth leadership and traditional and contemporary expressions of art, culture, education, and media from a Native core and perspective.”

Thanks for reading!

~ Onjena

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Bunky Echo-Hawk is a multi-talented artist whose work spans both media and lifestyle.  A  graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts,  he is a fine artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer and a non-profit professional.  He is  also a traditional singer and dancer. Throughout his career, Bunky has merged traditional values with his lifestyle and art.

He has exhibited his work in major exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally in NYC, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe, and Frank- furt, Germany, to name a few. His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies throughout the country, and his plays have been performed and produced across the nation. Bunky is also an advocate and an educator. He travels extensively, creating live works of art for auction.

Through his art, Bunky has raised thousands of dollars for several national non-profit organizations. Additionally, he speaks at conferences, conducts workshops, and teaches both art and writing. In 2006, Bunky co-founded NVision, serving as Executive Director until 2009. NVision is a nonprofit collective of Native American artists, musicians, community organizers, and nonprofit professionals who focus on Native American youth empowerment through multimedia arts. Bunky is a 2008 First Peoples Fund Business in Leadership Fellow, a 2008 United States Artist Fellow nominee, a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellow nominee, and a 2008 Boulder County Multicultural Award recipient.