Acrylic on Cradled Wood Panel, all 24 x 36"
Artist RockwellB (ROCK-well-BEE, pseudonym) is an emerging New York contemporary history artist. Passionate about American history, RockwellB recognized that the 2020 Presidential election cycle was to be a momentous turning point in the story of the nation. While quarantining during the Covid pandemic and despite having no formal art school training, RockwellB set out to create a visual collection of paintings depicting headline news events spanning a six-month timeline leading up to and following Election Day 2020. The 2021 Copyrighted collection of 30 acrylic paintings on cradled wood panels entitled “The Republic is Tested: History Unfolds Before Our Eyes”, is fittingly anchored with “Voting Hero” John Lewis and culminates with the White House Inauguration Day “Celebrating America” fireworks finale. It is RockwellB’s hope that these panels will inspire viewers to recognize some of those in our midst who were tested during this most trying time of our nation’s history and demonstrated their love of our nation and its principles by supporting its Constitution, obeying its laws, and defending it against all enemies.  There was a debut solo exhibit of this collection at an East Village gallery in New York City.  The American’s Creed by William Tyler Page, written 1917. Collection “The Republic is Tested: History Unfolds Before Our Eyes” The purpose of this creative collection of 30 paintings depicting the American historic journey leading up to the transfer of power to the Biden Administration is to enrich and stimulate the discussion of important issues related to supporting the Constitution and defending democracy. This series is considered one work of co-dependent artwork. At the bottom of each painting, the artist highlights the date-stamped news of the day with a timeline in relation to the 2020 Presidential Election on November 3rd, 2020 (noted as E plus or minus days on the paintings) and the Covid-19 US death toll which played an instrumental role in deciding the Presidential election (noted as C19US rounded to the nearest one thousand deaths on the paintings). These paintings incorporate transformative work adding new meanings, original works, portraits, politics, history and news reporting disseminating factual information, education, parody, satire, criticism, commentary providing insight, opinions and free speech. Where possible public domain and creative commons zero (CC0) works were used as a reference. Attributions and credits have been noted with care. This work of art flows from many months spent in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic of the times. The majority of the paintings were completed from October 2020 through April 2021, overlapping the actual events that are depicted. The title block words and numbers at the bottom of the panels were completed thereafter. The 30 paintings in this Collection are registered with the US Copyright office. Dedication In Loving Memory of DOCKEY whose goodness and kindness transcended the troubled times. Availability Thank you for your interest. This 30 painting collection is available for a gallery or private collector. Please see www.DemocracyArt.com for the full collection.