Portraits for Change 

 
 #hernamewastalyor & #hisnamewasash are part of a collection of #trans #teen portraits highlighting the loss and societal pressures faced by trans youth on display Orange County Creatives Gallery for June.

Each portrait is acrylic on canvas, 18×24. 

LGBT youth experience a much larger amount of societal pressure, bullying, and child abuse than their cis peers. Gay and lesbian teens have a much higher rate of suicide with 20% attempting to take their own life before aged 24. Trans youth fate far worse with rates higher than 40%. When compared to the rates of cis teens, steady at about 3-4% it becomes apparent that there is something rotten in American sociological attitudes towards queerness. 

#ArtToEndViolence is a series of works dedicated to highlighting the cost of racism, homophobia and transphobia. The titular pieces has been accepted for Fine Art at the CA State Fair, 2015. 

#ArtToEndViolence Goes to The California State Fair, 2015

#ArttoEndViolence is a series of watercolor portraits dedicated to ending violence. The first, and titular piece shows eight notable deaths to the African American, Transgender and Gay Communities.
#ArttoEndViolence is a series of watercolor portraits dedicated to ending violence. The first, and titular piece shows eight notable deaths to the African American, Transgender and Gay Communities.

#ArtToEndViolence, a nine piece set of watercolor portraits featuring those slain through homophobia, transphobia and racism. In the center, a self portrait recounts the narrative of their deaths in fingerprint whirls and the impact each had on my life. The full narrative can be read by clicking above.

Over 1,200 pieces of art were submitted to the California State Fair. 180 pieces were selected.

This will be the first time the piece has been physically displayed in public. With nearly 15 million people expected to attend the fair, that’s quite a debut.

#ArttoEndViolence
#ArttoEndViolence

Glitter, Hair, Hope

  

I just love the way Jason hung Taylor’s glitter portraits @orangecountycreatives gallery! 

Taylor is one of the 11 trans American teens to kill herself this year. Trans Americans are at the greatest for suicide of any national subgroup, with more than 40% attempting self harm before the age of 24. This is something we can change. 

Taylor’s portraits honor her silencing and beg for change in the national and familial discourse of LGBT health and well being. Each portrait is 11×14, acrylic, metallic acrylic and glitter on canvas. They will be in the gallery through June. 

#BlackandBlue РA Portrait of Ryan Halligan (Bullycide) 

   

Help me finish this portrait tonight at Laguna Art Walk!

#Blackandblue is a portrait of Ryan Halligan, who committed suicide on October 7, 2003. Ryan was the victim of relentless #bullying both online and in person. He was 13 years old. 

I’ll be at Orange County Creatives Gallery, inviting YOU to add your own experience to the final piece by adding a word or phrase you have use to bully or that has been used to bully you. 

Help me wash away the stain of violence by addressing it with love and beauty. 

#BlackandBlue is the second piece in the #ArttoEndViolence series. 

http://kryanhenisey.com 

A Portrait of Jadin Bell #ArttoEndViolence

Jadin's portrait reads: On January 19, 2013, Jadin Bell hanged himself in the playground of an elementary school. He dies on February 3, 2013 after being taken off life support. Jadin's death was widely reported upon, placing national attention on the personal and internet bullying that drove him to suicide. Jadin was 15 years old. This occurred in La Gande, Oregon.

Jadin’s portrait reads: On January 19, 2013, Jadin Bell hanged himself in the playground of an elementary school. He died on February 3, 2013 after being taken off life support. Jadin’s death was widely reported upon, placing national attention on the personal and internet bullying that drove him to suicide. Jadin was 15 years old. This occurred in La Gande, Oregon.

#ArttoEndViolence

#ArttoEndViolence is a new series of watercolor portraits dedicated to ending violence. The first, and titular piece shows eight notable deaths to the African American, Transgender and Gay Communities.

Click through above.

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#alllivesmatter

#blacklivesmatter

#gaylivesmatter

#translivesmatter