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Emmett Till: How She Sent Him and How She Got Him Back


Emmett Till: How She Sent Him and How She Got Him Back Painting

Lisa Whittington

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 30 W x 40 H x 1.5 D in

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About The Artwork

When I saw the tears of Mamie Till as she received her son’s body my heart ached. After carefully viewing every inch of her beautiful son’s mutilated and lynched body, Mamie Till stated “I want the world to see what they did to my son.” As an artist and as an African American, I felt compelled to use my skills and help Mamie by creating an artwork that documents what Mamie Till saw and what she wanted others to see when she declared an open casket for the funeral of her son Emmett . It is always my hope that others learn about Emmett’s story, and that this artwork sparks healthy discussions about racism in America.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 40 H x 1.5 D in

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I am fearless in my artistic journey and I have to be. I embody a sense of creative responsibility to express and document the vibe, the history and the experiences of Black people. I am versatile across mediums, but my love is abstract expressionism because of all the places it can go and how it excites me as an artist. Within my body of work it is not unusual to find figurative work, narratives, as well as non representational abstracts. Much of my work develops intuitively. I’ve been involved in art all of my life. I’ve also been to museums all around the world observing and studying art. I understand it’s importance and impact on culture and society. I enjoy being an artist and a historian and find purpose in my creative work. My collectors and the museums that have acquired my work tend to feel they are investing in something bigger than either of us can see. Art is not always about how many paintings an artist can sell, but its contribution to the world and the insight of the collector. My work can be documentary, rhythmic, political, soulful, and even non-objective. My narrative work usually tells the story of Black people in America, or gives pause to my experience coming of age in New York City. Harlem, NY is an ongoing muse and narrator in my work. Recently, an anonymous donor purchased a billboard wall and hired a media company to paint my artwork “A Harlem Story” on a side of a building in Brooklyn as a mural to honor my work. Please be sure to visit my website and follow my Instagram @theartistlisalove to stay up to date on my very interesting journey with Art.

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