When the law is on the side of injustice

We question the notion of peace. 


Prosecutors will not pursue charges against the officer involved in the killing of Freddie Gray. 

#HisNameWasFreddie is watercolor, ink, wax crayon, and sharpie on 140lb paper. 36×36 inches. Framed in black, retails at $3,500 (25% of artist profits to charity). 

As I wake to the news…

As I wake to the news of another black man killed by police, I find myself enraged. 

In the past two days, two black men — Alton B. Sterling and Philando Castile — have been shot and killed by police. Both men were unarmed but in possession of weapons. Both men were apparently killed because officers feared these untouched weapons. 

What is doubly enraging, as if murder by the state isn’t enough justifiable cause for anger, is that these murders only matter because they were caught on film. 

A society where blackness is taught to be an object of aggression, crime, and villainy is a society that is complicit in the resulting violence. As long as white people fear black, there will be allowance for violence. 

Yes, officers are ultimately to blame for their actions; but we as a society have enabled them to act in such ways. Inflammatory language, oppressive practices, mass incarceration, limited access to education, health care, and jobs — these are all symptoms of a centuries old hatred Americans have for each other. 

We are to blame for these deaths. And that is why I am angry. 


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#BlueHolocaust is a reaction to police brutality. The six piece watercolor and ink paintings depict three young blacks killed by police and three boys saved from the Holocaust. The full narrative can be read here: #BlueHolocaust

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K Ryan Henisey is an award winning artist, writer, and teacher. For more of his paintings, illustrated children’s poetry, musings, and more visit http://kryanhenisey.com. 

A Portrait in American Violence

#WalterScott
#WalterScott

What do police do?

It was a common question when I taught elementary education but the answers were often troubling.
Arrest people.
Take your family away.
Kill people.
Scare me.
These children were in the first and third grades.
My experience with police was quite different. Many members of my family were police, from sheriffs to captains, and I feel acquainted, if not familiar with police. My emergency needs have always been effectively met and I personally feel safe in the presence of uniformed officers.
But my experience isn’t the experience of the children I taught or of many people I know.
On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott was shot and killed during a traffic stop. In the initial report, the officer involved claimed to have feared for his life because Scott had taken his taser. After video showing Scott flee for his life surfaced, the officer was charged with murder.
#WalterScott is overlaid images from the shooting video. It is a mixed media piece, watercolor, wax, acrylic and ink on 140lb paper. The work asks the question ‘what do police do?’ by showing officers in three poses: standing over Scott’s body in acrylic, examining his body in marker, and in ink pen above the eye-line, firing a weapon.
We can all do better. Encourage body cameras for all officers. Demand accurate data regarding police-involved shootings. Demand third party investigations.
#ShootingofWalterScott
#ShootingofWalterScott

FineArt

#WalterScott: A Portrait of Violence in America

#WalterScott
#WalterScott

What do police do?

It was a common question when I taught elementary education but the answers were often troubling.
Arrest people.
Take your family away.
Kill people.
Scare me.
These children were in the first and third grades.
My experience with police was quite different. Many members of my family were police, from sheriffs to captains, and I feel acquainted, if not familiar with police. My emergency needs have always been effectively met and I personally feel safe in the presence of uniformed officers.
But my experience isn’t the experience of the children I taught or of many people I know.
On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott was shot and killed during a traffic stop. In the initial report, the officer involved claimed to have feared for his life because Scott had taken his taser. After video showing Scott flee for his life surfaced, the officer was charged with murder.
#WalterScott is overlaid images from the shooting video. It is a mixed media piece, watercolor, wax, acrylic and ink on 140lb paper. The work asks the question ‘what do police do?’ by showing officers in three poses: standing over Scott’s body in acrylic, examining his body in marker, and in ink pen above the eye-line, firing a weapon.
We can all do better. Encourage body cameras for all officers. Demand accurate data regarding police-involved shootings. Demand third party investigations.
#ShootingofWalterScott
#ShootingofWalterScott

FineArt

#WalterScott A Mixed Media Portrait of Violence in America

#WalterScottWatermarked
#WalterScott is the third major piece in the collection, #ArttoEndViolence.

What do police do?

It was a common question when I taught elementary education but the answers were often troubling.
Arrest people.
Take your family away.
Kill people.
Scare me.
These children were in the first and third grades.
My experience with police was quite different. Many members of my family were police, from sheriffs to captains, and I feel acquainted, if not familiar with police. My emergency needs have always been effectively met and I personally feel safe in the presence of uniformed officers.
But my experience isn’t the experience of the children I taught or of many people I know.
On April 4, 2015, Walter Scott was shot and killed during a traffic stop. In the initial report, the officer involved claimed to have feared for his life because Scott had taken his taser. After video showing Scott flee for his life surfaced, the officer was charged with murder.
#WalterScott is overlaid images from the shooting video. It is a mixed media piece, watercolor, wax, acrylic and ink on 140lb paper. The work asks the question ‘what do police do?’ by showing officers in three poses: standing over Scott’s body in acrylic, examining his body in marker, and in ink pen above the eye-line, firing a weapon.
We can all do better. Encourage body cameras for all officers. Demand accurate data regarding police-involved shootings. Demand third party investigations.
#ShootingofWalterScott
#ShootingofWalterScott

#ArttoEndViolence

#WalterScott
#blacklivesmatter
#alllivesmatter