Your shopping cart is empty.
Dec 11, 2017
Imagine only having 24 measly hours find inspiration, make decisions, and create a masterpiece.
Imagine having to step out of your comfort zone because the topic is controversial.
Imagine this creation published in an international art magazine.
There's nowhere to hide and nothing you can do if it goes horribly wrong.
This is my story of pushing past my fears, pulling an all-nighter, and Fake News.
My instinct was to paint a portrait of Donald Trump when presented with this challenge. It’s an obvious association with Fake News. My inner voice of doubt thought it was too obvious. So out of fear, I decided to paint a London bus as a symbol of misinformation during Brexit. I even thought about adding a little Farage and a Trump dressed as graffiti artists spraying a hashtag on the side of a bus.
But, at midnight, I realised that the bus idea wasn’t right. In that moment, I was so frustrated that I trashed the painting with graffiti saying “misinformation” and “don’t believe what you see” everywhere.
And then, I panicked. That was the moment I accepted I wasn’t going to get any sleep. So I took out a new canvas and faced my fear of painting a portrait of Donald Trump.
At 2 am, after talking with my best friend because politics is outside of my comfort zone, I finally had a suitable concept.
The idea was to paint the Twitter Bird on Donald Trump’s shoulder. It'd look like it was chirping into his ear. And I'd write “We’ve got them dancing to our tunes”.
Additionally, there would be words coded in his jacket, to be deciphered by the viewer, as a metaphor for experts spending time figuring out Donald Trump’s comments.
If you look carefully, you read, “Discredit experts”, “Defame renowned news agencies”, “create smoke screens”, and “criticize = fake news”.
This challenge took everything I had to complete. But I did it.
“We’ve got them dancing to our tunes” represents the danger of the power to influence the masses in a sensationalist age. An age where technology and information can be so easily & affordably manipulated. So it supports egocentric interests—no matter how short-sighted they might be and with disregard to the global impact, climate changes, havoc, instability, division, and mistrust that it creates.
The 18th edition of (t)here Magazine was distributed at Art Miami, Art Basel and Context Art Miami during Miami Art Week 2017 and is being distributed in Dubai, Hong Kong, London Heathrow, Macao and shortly in new US distribution outlets.
This presence of this badge signifies that this business has officially registered with the Art Storefronts Organization and has an established track record of selling art.
It also means that buyers can trust that they are buying from a legitimate business. Art sellers that conduct fraudulent activity or that receive numerous complaints from buyers will have this badge revoked. If you would like to file a complaint about this seller, please do so here.
The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this business has provided a returns & exchanges policy for all art purchases.
Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (including shipping fees). Read the complete details of the return policy by clicking on the link at the bottom right hand side of this page.
This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.
The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this Art Seller has published information about the archival materials used to create their products in an effort to provide transparency to buyers.
The materials I use to paint are traditional materials proven to last for centuries by the tradition of acrylic painting on canvas. I paint on artist quality cotton primed canvas and I mainly use Extra Fine heavy body Acrylics from Golden Artist Colors. My primer is Golden acrylic gesso. Visit http://www.goldenpaints.com/technicaldata/gesso.php to learn more about my materials.
This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.
Click on any Image to continue
The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.
This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.
To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!
Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.
Let's stay connected!
Be the first to receive updates from inside my studio by subscribing to my monthly newsletter. You will receive inspiration, news and invitations to art shows. Just enter your email address below to stay connected! Thank you for your interest.
Atelier Steph Fonteyn will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing by email.
You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.