43 going on 44

Alexander Fedirko's avatar Alexander Fedirko

This painting was originally created prior to the previous election when George W. Bush was still in office. Knowing that this past election was to be a historic election, I started thinking about the position of president of the U.S.A. and was ashamed that i didn't know a large number of the names that had previously served the office. So I decided to paint all 43 presidents in order to fully see the history that was unfolding before me. As I started to work on the project, I not only learned the names of the presidents, but began to notice visual differences in eras such as clothing, facial hair and facial expressions. All 43 presidents are gridded off and meant to create a cohesive grid that ties both the paintings composition and history of America together. The remaining blank squares serve as a visual reminder that every American has the opportunity to be president of the U.S.A. I plan on adding Obama prior to showing in Artprize.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 0.2
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 4.2
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 5