Tyler Clementi, #ArtToEndViolence

Detail, #ArtToEndViolence; Winner, Award of Excellence in Fine Art, Watercolors, California State Fair, 2015
Detail, #ArtToEndViolence;
Winner, Award of Excellence in Fine Art, Watercolors, California State Fair, 2015

On September 19, 2010, Tyler Clementi was filmed without his consent kissing another man, publicly outed and shamed on social media. As a result he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on September 22, 2010. He was 18 years old. This occurred at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Tyler Clementi, #ArtToEndViolence

Detail, #ArtToEndViolence; Winner, Award of Excellence in Fine Art, Watercolors, California State Fair, 2015
Detail, #ArtToEndViolence;
Winner, Award of Excellence in Fine Art, Watercolors, California State Fair, 2015

On September 19, 2010, Tyler Clementi was filmed without his consent kissing another man, publicly outed and shamed on social media. As a result he jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on September 22, 2010. He was 18 years old. This occurred at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Starting Anew

 

Here’s a peek at the very beginnings of a new series. This collection of portraits will feature people killed through senseless acts of violence. Tyler Clementi is the first subject. He’ll be joined by young black men killed in the name of ‘defense,’ women slain because of their birth gender, and other young gays. All were killed through violent means. 

This is my response to our current climate. These paintings are to bring awareness to #blacklivesmatter #gaylivesmatter #translivesmatter #allivesmatter campaigns. 

As a teacher, I’ve had hundreds of children. Now as an uncle, I have a special set of children. Let’s lead them to better and freer days. 

More to follow as the series progresses.