"A Star & Stripes" Limited Edition Release in remembrance of 9/11 Benefiting the NY Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, known as Answer the Call
I started this series, immediately after 9/11. I turned from the work I was creating, and took up the flag and its’ stars as the symbols that would become the main visual language for these abstracted and expressive paintings.
Once completed, I tucked the canvases away. They represented an emotional time for me and everyone I knew. (The paintings were later exhibited in several venues, including a 9/11 group exhibit at Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, and at the Montclair University Museum.) As I reviewed the series, I felt it was time to finally share them again.
This artwork is the first print published from the series. It is titled, “A Star & Stripes.” As one of the first paintings completed, it encapsulates it all — a strong visual combining the concept of stars and stripes with a vibrancy of colors — a strong, red, white and blue theme. The star has been a symbol on our flag, since 1777, and my purpose in isolating the iconic symbol of the star of the American flag for this series, was to convey the enduring strength of this country that I love.
The Limited Edition with Hand Painting “A Star & Stripes” is now available as a small limited edition of a total of 100 pieces (plus Artist Proofs.) It is available in three sizes and each size is its own unique edition. Due to the significance of this work and to fully express the intensity of emotion when I created the original, I am including complimentary hand painting on every print so that each has unique texture and color. This means that in addition to being a numbered edition, your print will be a unique artwork as none can be the same, painted by my own hand. Each one is truly unique. The Donation I am honored that a portion of proceeds of "A Star & Stripes," will benefit the NY Police & Fire Widow’s & Children’s Benefit Fund, known as “Answer the Call” (www.answerthecall.org). This Fund supports the families of brave New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. These Officers and their brave families, truly are the "Stars" of my Star series. The donation amount is 15% of the gross retail print price (excluding framing, shipping, taxes.)
I was compelled by great emotion to create this body of work. I feel no less emotion today, as my memories of the fateful day of 9/11, and the days that followed, have not faded. I am glad to finally be able to share my work with you through this unique edition, and especially to support “Answer the Call” as they assist the families of our brave heroes who have been killed in the line of duty.
Should you like to add “A Star & Stripes” to your collection, I would be most honored...