In around February I came across Bernie Sanders. I became addicted to hearing what he said – not all of it, but most of it. I love his bravery to confront the most powerful people and corporations in America. It has been an incredible listen, and I have seen how his fire has spread across the states as he defies expectations and the media, by growing is popularity and influence at the grassroots level.
I knew I needed to turn all the time used on viewing youtube clips to something creative. This painting is the result of this inspiration. I had not foreseen how it would have turned out. But once I found the Wall Street Bull which is situated near New York’s Stock Exchange, I built up the narrative around an enlarged version of it.
Another interesting sidenote is, that this painting has been painted on a canvas I inherited from the Frello. It was almost destined to turn out Frelloist-like.
The people in the crowd are a mixture of Bernie fans, celebrities and politicians – even a banker, who support Bernie.
It has been interesting studying the election process and how much corruption is reported and how little it seems to affect results. It is mind boggling to consider how hard it is for an outside contender like Bernie Sanders to actually get the nomination in spite of the huge crowds he seems to be drawing.
I hope this painting will solidify what he has done. Even if he doesn’t get te nomination, he has changed the political landscape forever.