Friday, January 23, 2009

An August Dream

An August Dream

Gregg Chadwick
An August Dream
18"x36" oil on linen 2009 (in process)

I am working on a new painting in my ongoing body of work which deals with the hopes and dreams of 21st century American society as viewed through our post World War II history. I was a young boy when Martin Luther King Jr, was killed in April 1968 and so I missed the power and beauty of his oratory and the hope embodied in his presence. In this new painting, inspired by photos of MLK at the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963 while giving his "I Have A Dream" speech, I continue my series of portraits of figures of great honor. In this group of paintings, the power of memory is evoked to provide clues to the future.


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