Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Saint Gavin Newsom of San Francisco"

Instead of adding another fictitious person to my "Saints" series, I thought I would base this painting on a real person, and use my artistic powers to annoint him a saint, even if no one else ever does.

The mayor of San Franciso since 2003, heterosexual Gavin Newsom gained national attention in 2004 when he ordered the San Francisco county-city clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In August, 2004, the California Supreme Court annuled the marriages that Gavin Newsom had authorized. Still, Gavin Newsom's efforts brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage and gay rights, causing several other states to change their laws conerning marriage and gay rights.

Four years later, the California Supreme Court struck down the ban on same sex marriage, after the city and county of San Francisco, along with other plantiffs, sued California over the ban. 36,000 gays and lesbians married, but this month California voters passed Prop 8, removing existing marriage rights for their gay and lesbian citizens.

Through it all, I've admired Gavin Newsom for doing the right thing in the name of liberty and justice for all.In the background of this painting is the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco City Hall and the TransAmerica building.

"Saint Gavin Newsom of San Francisco"
24" x 30"
Silverleaf and Acrylic on Canvas

Yes We Can, TONY


Steven said...

I love the warm colors used in this painting. And it represents SF nicely. :-)

T-Bird said...

yes sir.