Why did you pick this picture?
The state of our Republic has been brutally undermined in great part because of the incompetence and mendacity of our news media. John Oliver became a hero to me for his ability to efficiently and honestly impart information that is of great relevance to the public.
Where did the idea for this art come from?
This art comes from my series, “Re-Imagined.” A large group of works hand-painted over digital archival prints.
What does this art mean to you?
I have found that the meaning of a piece of art can, in part, be found in it’s context. “John Oliver” represents hope in our better angels.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a New York based artist who utilizes black and white photos of celebrities and important historical figures and moments in my work.
My over-paintings let me dig deep into visual documents to find other meanings, unusual perspectives on my subjects.
What more can you tell us about your art?
My art gives a direct view into the most optimistic part of my soul.
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"John Oliver." 30h x 20w. Digital archival print with acrylic on canvas. Ariel Shallit. 2015. Available exclusively at Jim Kempner Fine Art. For inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org #johnoliver #lastweektonight #art #painting #arielshallit #pop #neopop #reimagined #comedian #british #emmy #portrait #nyc #newyorkcity #new #liverpool #markrutherfordschool #english #writer #actor #HBO #honest #cool @jonstewart @lastweektonight @hbo