Mister Rogers Portrait II

by Joan LeMay

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Artist Statement

I have always been drawn to painting people who are inspirational to me or who remind me to be my best self in some way or, overall, who bring me comfort when I need it (which is often). In the same way that lots of people feel drawn to surround themselves with religious iconography and pictures of their family (which I am totally into painting, too), I feel drawn to paint of Mister Rogers so that people can be surrounded by the image of him. I grew up seated just a few inches from the TV set, receiving care from Mister Rogers. Receiving affirmations from Mister Rogers. Learning life lessons from Mister Rogers. Hearing that I was okay just the way I was and that, through the TV set, Mister Rogers liked me and knew I was doing the best I could. I still need to hear that, and, let's be honest, who doesn't? Long live Mister Rogers.

Why We Love It

In her portraiture, LeMay often takes a few cues from religious iconography. Mister Rogers Portrait II incorporates the artist’s interpretation of a Byzantine-style halo, a gesture historically reserved for depictions of holy, sacred or saintly figures. Surrounding Rogers’ visage in a disk of light, she emphasizes her subject’s significance, both personal and highly public, drawing out his divinity. (A not-incidental aside: Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister.) As is also prevalent in religious iconography and common in LeMay’s oeuvre in general, symbolism is deployed in Mister Rogers Portrait II in order to access some of the more ethereal qualities of her subject’s enduring persona. Encircling his halo is a diverse array of dazzling flowers, perhaps indicative of the unconditional love he propagated for people from all walks of life. His yellow sweater recalls his sunny disposition, his polka dot tie a nod to his playful side, his rosy cheeks radiating earnest wonder and young-at-heart youthfulness ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
10"x8" | edition of 20
14"x11" | edition of 250
20"X16" | edition of 50
30"x24" | edition of 10

Joan LeMay

Joan LeMay (American, b. 1979 in Houston, Texas) is a portraitist and illustrator who is interested in pattern, gesture and Byzantine halos. She loves painting people, animals, plants and things (a kind of anthropomorphic approach to portraiture) in equal measure, and packs referential objects, color-based symbolism and other subject-specific elements into the busy backgrounds of her work in order to reflect the soul and life of the subject depicted. She is currently focusing on work that celebrates what soothes us (and what soothed her in her childhood)--over-the-top portraits of beloved TV and pop culture personalities and public role models, food,... Read More
fellow artists, and portraiture of medications. The medication work is also designed to help those who rely on medications to celebrate the existence of treatments instead of feeling stigmatized for having to take anything in the first place. She also takes pet portraiture and memorial portraiture very seriously.
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