The statue of Liberty, the stars and stripes, apple pie, of all the symbols of America Uncle Sam is one of the most beloved. Technically Uncle Sam is not just a symbol, but a personification of our nation. In other words if America was an actual person we would be a an older white guy sporting a long beard and rocking a crazy red, white and blue suit. Of course this is wildly inaccurate, especially today, but this is only one symbol of our country so I wont get into that.For Prints: http://www.michaeloart.com/store/politics/
Instead I’m going to talk about my use of Uncle Sam imagery in my artwork, which comes natural to me because I call myself a political artist primarily. My intention with the above image Curtain Call was to make fun of what goes in Washington, our capital. I wanted to show an American government that is only into itself, portraying itself to be something it is not; concerned with its citizens. When I happened to see an image of business man with his head literally stuck up his ass, I said aha! That’s it! That’s what I need to do.
The drawing is made from oil pastels, I don’t recall what brand, probably Rembnrandt. Pastels were new to me at the time and I experimented with various brands. Even though Curtain Call was one of my first attempts at using oil pastels I think the final result was pretty good. Uncle Sam is still recognizable, even though his suit is mostly yellow, red and blue because I wanted to use a primary color scheme. I wanted to avoid using pure white, because I thought might overpower the image and take away from the “quirky” atmosphere I was trying to create.
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