WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "Today's political landscape, seen in the presidential campaign, is unlike any in modern history. Negative opinions, related to culture, gender, and race, have resurfaced in words and images that cast women, minorities, and immigrants in disparaging ways," says J. Carlton "Jack" French, a Columbia, Maryland visual artist and retired advertising agency art director. "These messages, in soundbites and slogans that populate the media space, are disruptive and fuel biases." French's response to what he views as negativism are word designs on canvas that stimulate thinking, feelings, and conversations significant to culture change.
French's works, "LOVE," "JOY," and "IF," oil paintings that express communications shortcomings, were displayed at the Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship Fund charity event. "I saw the significant contribution the charity offers underserved youth. Then I thought of the messages of my paintings: LOVE came out of Dr. Hussein's generosity. JOY is the happiness of attending college. IF, opens doors to possibilities; if nothing is done, the students' lives remain the same. With support, their lives change for the better. I am amazed by how we can transform our thinking through the art of language."
His latest painting, "Grab them by the p-ssy," is enlarged from imagery in a magazine taken from a politician's utterances. French's goal is to encourage discussions about what art means in relationship to male perceptions of women. "I challenge the viewer to consider how art weaves into the communications mix and can shape culture change." "Cartoonists do this; Andy Warhol did this; great observers of society look outside for interpretations. Art stands the test of time. Years from now, this piece can be a marker of this time and place and the state of the society we occupied."
French's works are also in private collections and galleries, notably Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida. His limited edition 36 x 40 oil paintings, "Ode to the Shoes of A Lady," a series of "fashionista" women's shoes, sold out. Giclée reproductions are available. French's most notable artwork, a 65 lb. bronze that he molded directly from Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin's face and arm, was unveiled at the Newseum, Washington, DC, where Aldrin and French signed and dated the piece. To learn more about the artist, contact his publicist, Patricia Green, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-526-1089.
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SOURCE J. Carlton "Jack" French