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About a year ago I found a box of partially sanded children's play blocks at the Amish store for ten cents apiece. Without a definite plan I painted one of the blocks bright red and started George Washington. By the time I had finished his nose I knew I had to paint them all. Cowboys, Indians, astronauts, saints, and images from a Life magazine from 1963 have been emerging mysteriously since the completion of The Presidents. No matter what the context, portraits from the past are somehow always a little visually funny to me - the hats, wigs, haircuts and facial hair, feathers, eyes, the space suits! Somehow with the passing of time even the most mundane things can become mythical and iconic.

The Presidents, Mercury 7, and Founding Fathers series are sold as complete sets. The other series are sold as individual pieces.

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Founding Fathers 2013 Series
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New Astronauts 2013 Series
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Mercury 7 2013 Series
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Presidents 2013 Series
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Cowboys 2013 Series
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Indians 2013 Series
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1963 Life 2013 Series
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U.S. Politicians 2013 Series
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Saints 2013 Series

Copyright © 2013 by Kurt Herrmann