I was never one to follow politics, in fact, I thought it was rather dull. Well, maybe it was, until a couple of years ago. Let's face it, when the now president, Donald Trump entered the Republican nomination race, and won it at that, even those who actively shied away from politics stood up and took notice. It even captivated me, and as much as I try to turn my head and look away, I can't really escape it now.
As an artist, I paint what comes to me. I've told you before and I'll tell you again, I just go where the paint takes me. Whatever I happen to see, hear or experience, or have done in the past seeps into me and gets mixed around and comes out as art. Yesterday, this is what came out. I call it Welcome to the "Evil" Office (get it? "Evil" instead of Oval, ha ha). It's a big one, 36x36" and it's hanging on my living room wall for the time being. The wife isn't fussy about that, she says Trump's eyes seem like they're following her around the room. Apparently she finds that "unsettling". Remember when I said that decent art should make the viewer "feel something"? Well, I guess you can chalk this one up as a success, "creeped out" is indeed a feeling.
I think it's probably fairly obvious what inspired me to paint this. The president is everywhere! With the midterm elections coming up in November, the rhetoric is picking up steam faster than a freight train. On social media, if one person posts something positive about him, 175 people jump on them, calling them out and accusing them of being all sorts or evil to match the evil they see in him. By the same token, if someone posts something negative about him, those same people will jump on the bandwagon with likes, loves and amens. Say what you will about him, he's certainly permeated the consciousness of the world.
This is my representation of what the general consensus seems to be regarding Trump. At least in my small circle. Is he evil? Is there always fire where there's smoke? Does it even matter? Well, that's for you to decide, I just paint pictures.