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Edition of 100

Signed and numbered by the artist.
16"x20" archival inkjet (giclée)
on Entrada Natural 290gsm Cotton Rag Paper.

The composition and colors are inspired by Notorious BIG’s 1994
album cover for ‘Ready to Die’. Behind Charlie is the Rudyard
Kipling poem entitled ‘If”.

Elections are times that bring into focus many critical issues and
have an effect not only on us but our children. This piece ‘Hapa II’
is a sequel to my portrait of President Obama entitled ‘Hapa’ which
I painted 4 years ago during the 2016 Elections. ‘Hapa’ which
literally means ‘half’ in Hawaiian refers to someone of mixed racial
ancestry. The depiction of a hapa child touches on the issue of
racial equality and depicts the physical manifestation of different
races coming together. His young age speaks as a symbol of a
hopeful future but it is our responsibility to work hard and strive to
make the world a better place. We can create an environment that
our children can live and thrive in, so that when it is their turn to
be handed the baton from our tired hands they will continue to
change the world for the better.

IF by Rudyard Kipling:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Hapa Jr.

SKU: 3
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