Men in Authority: Higher than I, Hands up (1)(2012)
Happy day to everyone! I’m so glad that you have following me around thus far. Today marks the 13th art story from the Men in Authority series with Hands up (1). This piece is up for sale and a portion of its proceeds will go towards the Cassondra Lenoir Scholarship Foundation. This is a scholarship fund that benefits first generation college students and you will own a piece of art to remind you of the difference you made. For more information, please click here.
Hands up is an appropriate title for this piece, I mean have you ever seen police raise their hands up other than them telling you to do so ( I’ve never been a victim, but I have rode in the back of a police car) . I haven’t. These are some bold, non egoistic police officers who knows there is a higher power than themselves. This was also my first large acrylic painting in several years, but really my first with a piece that I am satisfied with.
I know there has been a lot of political unrest regarding police officers, but there are a lot of good officers out there. I want to represent in this piece, basically men in uniform who are just men, but men of God. There are cops who acknowledge there is a higher authority than them, such as Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. Being able to portay that in this piece is very important for onlookers. There is a lot of disgruntled feelings about the police especially in urban areas( particularly black and Latino communities). There’s a lot of mistrust and we need to see art and organizations that portrays such reality. Because it does exist. Just because you do not see it on television, does not mean it does not exist. Police are human beings, so they are going to need all the help that can get through reaching people and building stronger communities.
Tomorrow, I will go into the 2nd phase of the Men in authority series, burnt etchings on wood entitled Hands up 2.
Enjoy and many blessings!
For the love of God and art
Thru His vessel JB