Inauguration of President Barack Obama Triptych Painting by Clintel Steed, 2008

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"So I did the Obama painting because I felt like in that moment in time it was a huge moment for African American males in this country! I truly felt like for the first time we could be what we wanted! That we could go beyond what popular culture was telling us we could be! I felt like it was a change in the way that we thought as a Community - that at this moment we could be intelligent, Stand tall Stand up and Stand right!! But most of all we could use our minds to be whatever we wanted!!! I was working on the painting during the ceremony and him being sworn in to become the president, but I did not want to watch it on TV. I wanted to hear it on the radio and put the emotions that I was feeling at that very moment into my painting!! In the end I made the painting because I wanted the consciousness of each African American male to rise to another level in this country and learn from the man who was now the Commander In Chief!!!!" Clintel Steed

About the artist:
“My painting is about the explosion of an image and the impact that it makes.” Clintel Steed, an American artist, holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, an MFA from Indiana University and completed Advanced Studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, painting and sculpture. Born in 1977 and raised in a devoutly Pentecostal Christian household in Utah, Clintel drove to New York City in 2001 with his easel tied to the top of his car and settled in Harlem. Finding representation with Borghi Gallery, exhibitions throughout New York City, the Hamptons, Philadelphia and winning the John Koch award from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 2015, Clintel is an artist who represents the urgency and grit that was synonymous with New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. “The battle between good and evil, heaven and hell was preached all the time. This struggle is still within me, the lust for money and the battle for power.” Clintel’s studio is in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn, one of the last vestiges of unadulterated New York art studio space.
Clintel Steed (Artist)
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One of a Kind
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Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
Materials and Techniques
Painted   Plywood
Oil Paint
Good. This work is unframed..
Wear consistent with age and use
120 in. H x 144 in. W x 3 in. D
305 cm H x 366 cm W x 8 cm D
Dealer Location
New York, NY
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20th Century by HKFA
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