Artist: Sid Maurer
Title: President Barack Obama, (from the Portraits of Luminaries Collection)
Year created: 2010
Medium: Original Mixed Media Painting on Canvas
Edition: Original Unique Artwork, Hand-Signed by the Artist
Height (inches): 17-3/4
Width (inches): 30
Depth (inches): 5/8
Signed by the artist
Signed Area: front
This original work on canvas comes stretched and ready for display, with a picture wire on reverse.
Description of piece:
Sid Maurer’s mastery as a fine artist is evident in his strikingly accurate, personal and intuitive portraits of luminaries. Imbued with warmth and vibrancy, Maurer’s portraits capture the essence of his subjects, and synthesize Maurer’s artistic vision with his technical and compositional roots in graphic design.
This original mixed media artwork on canvas captures a truly Presidential Barack Obama, with Maurer’s bold applications of paint bringing added light and energy to the artwork.
Measuring 17-3/4” in height x 30” width x 5/8" depth, the artwork is hand-signed by the artist, lower right. This original work on canvas comes freshly stretched and ready for display.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, winning more votes than any candidate in history. He took office at a moment of crisis unlike any America had seen in decades– a nation at war, a planet in peril, the American Dream itself threatened by the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. Obama’s leadership helped rescue the economy, revitalize the American auto industry, reform the health care system to cover another twenty million Americans, and put the country on a firm course to a clean energy future, while overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history. On the world stage, Obama’s belief in America’s indispensable leadership and strong, principled diplomacy helped wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, decimate al Qaeda and eliminate the world’s most wanted terrorists, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, open up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, and unite humanity in coordinated action to combat a changing climate.
This portrait, President Barack Obama, is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, which comes in a clear, protective archival sleeve.
Sid Maurer's (1926-2017) long career spanned decades in the world of Art and Music, beginning at age seventeen when he was hired as Assistant Art Director at Columbia Records in New York City. When the music industry exploded, Maurer designed album covers and promotional material for popular artists, alongside Columbia Records colleague Andy Warhol. Maurer expanded his commercial art studio to tackle a wide range of projects for the music and film industries, while his striking artistic style developed, influenced by artists he met including Pollack and Rauschenberg.
Maurer left the empire of music and art that he had helped to build to focus on his passion: painting. In the last decade, his work has been shown in a wide variety of venues, including the Georgia Capitol, the Carnegie Museum and U.C.L.A. His commissioned artwork includes work for ESPN, MotorSport America Magazine, David Bowie, Boy George, and Donovan.
As a painter, Maurer created large mixed media pieces that were very much a product of his varied training and experience. His style combined bold, dynamic colors and strokes with painstaking layouts and typographical elements. The result is the unique blend of a painter's passion tempered with the calculating compositional eye of a graphic designer, exploring his themes through the use of bold subject matter, symbols and graphics.
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