Abraham Lincoln in living color!
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Good ol’ Honest Abe. It is interesting how artists over the years have fixated on certain historic or iconic figures as subject for many creative pieces. I have a few that I come back to over and over again. Abraham Lincoln is one of them. Presidents who get assassinated seem to really “stick” with us, but that is not the allure. He was not a handsome man by any standards, but there is something about his eyes, nose and long face that just says “calm assertiveness”. And that is sexy! His features were very prominent and strong which also has appeal. Lots of contrast to work with. A perfect playground for an artist! I know when I watch movies, I am always most attracted to strong men with “presence” regardless of their looks….that is what Abe had….”A presence”…..And that alone is enough to get the temperature up a degree. 😉
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My parents always taught me to never talk politics or religion in mixed company. And I have found this to be sage advice as I lost some Facebook friends during the last political election. This piece is up for interpretation. Is it the face of good and evil? Is it one face depicting the duality of the two faced politician? Where did I get the idea? Honestly, I have no clue. Often artwork just forms in my hands as I look at or manipulate an image, paint or structure. The end result is as much a surprise to me as it would be to anyone else. We have always had a fascination with Abraham Lincoln as a country. Good ol “Honest Abe”. So I will not talk politics….I will let you do that. 🙂
The many faces of Abe: