First Lady Painting by Antti Eklund

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First Lady

Antti Eklund

United States


Size: 36 W x 36 H x 1.5 in

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Painting: Oil, Acrylic on Canvas.

This painting is based on a widely available public image of a lady capable of making responsible adult decisions for her own profit. This painting is not about her. This painting is about the double standards deeply embedded in our society. Are we living according to the core values embedded in our soul or do we declare values on the go to suit our actions?

I was inspired to paint this portrait by what William Franklin Graham III - a Christian evangelist and missionary and the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan's Purse - said: "Melania Trump is the classiest First Lady our country has ever had."

I paint portraits of people who have made an impact - on me on our society. I use oil paints, but on my BOLD Portraits I also use a rare ULTRABLACK acrylic paint. It is the blackest black in the world, it absorbs 99% of visible light.

I started to paint portraits with oil paints when I challenged myself to paint the two things that are most difficult for me: 1) faces and 2) oil paints.

I painted "Icons of Icons" by adding gold leaf to the background, reminiscing religious icons. That evolved into "Gold Portraits" by swapping the oil for the background and the gold for the actual portrait.

I always enjoyed the paintings in their early phases, when the paintings seemed extremely light and relaxed.

I am able to achieve that sketchy result now in my "Bold Portraits” - without having the painting appear unfinished.

I dropped out everything extra - the gold and most colors.

I paint the painting meticulously through 3-4 times with a very small brush in order to achieve the undulating sketchy lines on my finished painting.

I hope you like them!

I paint iconic people and topics that have had an impact on me or our society.
I paint oil on canvas, but in my BOLD portraits I also use a ultrablack matt acrylic paint.
The painting is signed on the back and has my “e” symbol on the front.
The painting continues around the sides, so it is ready to hang unframed.





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