Donald Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th President of the United States in less than 3 weeks. A Kingston artist has come up with a way to criticize the occasion. Pat Shea — whose oil paintings grace a number of walls, including City Hall — wants his voice heard. Mike Postovit spoke with him about the message behind his “Coronation on Canvas.”
The many faces of the soon to be U.S. President. Donald Trump means different things to different people — and that includes this Kingston artist.
Pat Shea/Kingston Artist
“It’s so important to remember there were all these negative elements going-on and they influenced a country — and i think that’s sad — and we need to talk about.
This is “The Coronation of Donald Trump” — Shea’s latest. And with the inauguration just around the corner — it was time to unveil it.
It was the day after the election — the coronation of Napoleon popped in my head and I thought how much that represents what has just happened in the states — the painting that is.”
Shea is a well respected artist –you can find his work all around Kingston. Most recently — the 175th anniversary painting for the police department. His canvasses also grace City Hall. As for this painting — it’s full of symbolism.
“Trump has taken the crown from Paul Ryan — who looks dejected and he’s going to crown Melania — and just there — back in the crowd you can see Putin. And just to the right of Putin is the Ku Klux Klan who were very supportive of this idea of having Trump as president.”
The 61 year old says he feels fortunate to be able to express his opinion through his work — and that includes his latest.
“I’m going to be bold and say — I think I do know who he is and I’ve seen enough. It’s like your impression of anyone you meet — you get bits and pieces of the good and the bad of what that person is projecting to you and all he has projected to me is money and power — and that’s what’s important to him and I think that’s what I find the most frightening is that it’s money and power.”
Shea will officially unveil the painting later this week. Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston