Artwork / 2018 / If This Painting Offends You, Talk to the People Who Believe this Image Is a Beautiful Representation of Their God.

a blond representation of Jesus wearing robes made of the American flag and shooting thoughts and prayers out of an AR-15 gun
Gwenn Seemel
If This Painting Offends You, Talk to the People Who Believe this Image Is a Beautiful Representation of Their God.
2018
acrylic on unmounted canvas
24 x 35 inches

$1100

In 2017, I made a pair of paintings that were, in part, a commentary on the way many Americans are more terrified of sex than of gun violence. With the escalating gun violence in 2018, the message in those images began to feel too nuanced and smart. So I decided to paint this portrait of Jesus shooting out thoughts and prayers to make sure everyone knows exactly where I stand.

thoughts and prayers
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white jesus with blond hair
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