A famous artist from Provo, Utah previously made a name for himself with an incredible, yet controversial work of art depicting former President Barack Obama physically stomping on the Constitution. Now, with a new Commander-in-Chief in the White House, the painter has made another presidential themed portrait of President Donald Trump and everyone immediately noticed one big difference upon its debut.
The piece of Obama shows a depressed man sitting on a park bench, surrounded by all of the 43 Presidents. In the forefront is President Barack Obama who has his back turned to him while stepping on the United States Constitution.
The politically-charged painting that artist Jon McNaughton created to represent Trump and what he expects to be his legacy, couldn’t have been a bigger contrast to his predecessor’s.
Taking a play off the Obama-inspired work of art, McNaughton used the same scene to show how it changed with the new President of the United States. Trump’s painting shows the American people, different races, background professions. They are all surrounding the once depressed man who is now planting a tree. It’s thought that the tree symbolizes a tree of hope. Next, this man who is enjoying the fruits of his new found hope is a woman and President Trump.
The title is befitting of Trump’s legacy “You are not forgotten.” This was his promise to the American people – that he will fight for the average middle-class citizen who will not be forgotten.
Trump’s presidency of almost half a year has already shown his dedication to the people. Bringing jobs back to the people, getting rid of the dangerous healthcare act, improving the economy, and taking the fight to terrorism instead of sending money to terrorist-tied nations. McNaughton’s painting sums up Trump’s success in just his first eight months in office.
In contrast, Obama said that the Constitution has no meaning, and he has continuously ignored the laws within it. One of which is bowing down to the enemies of the United States, which includes radical Islamists like ISIS, Taliban, North Korea and so on. He cared more about himself than helping the everyday blue collar Americans. He was a President of “open borders” which did not include immigrants who came to America legally.
Via CBS Las Vegas:
Provo, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) – In front of the White House a man is sitting on a park bench in the throes of depression. He is surrounded by all 43 presidents. In the forefront, purposefully ignoring the depressed man is President Obama, whose right foot is stepping on the Constitution. James Madison is next to Obama, pleading with him to stop.
This tableau is called “The Forgotten Man”, a painting by Jon McNaughton, an artist who is known for his politically-charged work.
The painting, which uses objects such as discarded dollar bills as symbols and scraps of paper with individual constitutional amendments scrawled onto them, has been making the rounds across the Internet.
The painting was initially released in 2010 and has resurfaced, causing a stir when it appeared for a caption contest on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s blog.
The responses have ranged from sarcastic — “We’ll trade you this peasant for that constitution. We’ll even throw in the bench.” — to Photoshop works of art.
“For a long time I didn’t know if I wanted to paint this picture, because I worried it might be too controversial,” McNaughton explains in a voice over. “(T)his man (on the park bench) represents every man, woman, and child who is an American… he hopes to find the American dream of happiness and prosperity.
“But now because of unconstitutional acts imposed by the American people by our government we stand on the precipice of disasters,” he added.
McNaughton explained his position behind the painting. “I don’t place all the blame on Obama. On my website I try to explain what each president has done,” he said. “The thing I like about the painting is that it does get people talking.”
The painting has done well since it was released. “It sold thousands,” he told CBS Las Vegas. “I sold many different sizes and editions, and now that we are in an election year I expect to sell more.”
This isn’t the first time McNaughton waded into politically charged waters.
Previously, he released “One Nation Under God,” a painting depicting Jesus holding the Constitution and judging several archetypes such as a liberal journalist, a smug college professor, and another archetype that McNaughton calls “Mr. Hollywood.”
Originally from Arizona, McNaugton currently lives in Utah. He received a full scholarship to Brigham Young University. Initially he studied art, but switched to design later on.
“I hope my work will create conversation and reach people on a deeper level,” he says on his website. “I like to use metaphor and multiple levels of meaning to reach my viewer. If it makes them think and feel, then it is successful.”
He later added to CBSLV: “I’m not trying to create an art style. I want to communicate my ideas. Isn’t that the purpose of art?”
The picture shows Trump crushing the head of a snake under his heel.
The focus of the picture is ‘the Forgotten Man’ in the center who is seeking to encourage a sprout to grow from the earth.
That man is a focus of other McNaughton paintings.
McNaughton’s ‘Forgotten Man’ theme coincides with Trump who touts a similar theme, that he is working in the White House for the forgotten Americans. Sarah Huckabee Sanders periodically reads letters during White House briefings from Americans to touch this sentiment.
President Trump’s America is the America that I grew up in, the America that I knew and love and it’s good to see it come back, yes it’s coming back with a fight but it is coming back. This artist’s painting has described the two Presidents perfectly in his art.
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