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    Believe in Something - FINALIST, March 2019

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    I, originally, started painting the image of Kaepernick about three weeks before his endorsement with Nike last year. The endorsement inspired the title of this painting. Kaepernick is a member of one of the nine organizations of the black national pan-hellenic council, and so am I. These organizations have a history of civil rights activism through protest, boycotts and education. His act of protest brought national attention to an issue existing since the first reconstruction era after the end of slavery. There was so much controversy behind his silent protest and the Nike commercial that I wanted to capture it. When I initially completed this painting in September, I hated the background, his eyes weren't aligned properly because one was way bigger than it should be. This was my Mona Lisa. I didn't like it at first. Today, I decided to take about 4 hours, fixing the eyes and changing the background completely to show the true essence of his kneeling. I struggled at first to show his contempt towards the issue of police brutality and the unjust killings of African-Americans by law enforcement. I painted the colors of the Pan-African flag (a symbol of black liberation) tearing away and overpowering the the U.S. flag that have words from the U.S. constitution and the names of the those killed by law enforcement. He felt that justice for the lives of African-Americans was more important than his career and patriotism. 

    Specific details

    Name of Artist: Kimberly Dantica
    Width (inches): 24
    Height (inches): 36
    Media: Acrylic
    Country: United States
    Style or Genre of Painting: Representational: Figurative / Other
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