- March 30, 2019
“The Innocence of Love with Marsha P Johnson” is an acrylic painting Max created in honor of the upcoming LGBTQ Awareness Month in June. Max might submit this for a special show in June 🙂 However, Max is not part of the LGBTQ himself, while still a liberal honoring the movement. Marsha P Johnson was a prominent figure in the Stonewall Riots in 1969. She was a transgender activist and a drag queen. Max was inspired to create an LGBTQ-related piece when receiving an email for submissions for the LA Art Association’s “Out There” show. He initially thought of a portrait of two men kissing. However, Max felt that had been done enough. Instead, he asked his brother, Johnny, for advice on how to go about the painting. Johnny recommended the idea of using Ms. Johnson to Max. Max painted the portrait in the style of A-R-E-T-H-A but chose a purple background, to form all six colors of the rainbow Gay Pride Flag. Ms. Johnson colored similarly to A-R-E-T-H-A, shaded in different colors, while using a purple background.
24*18 Acrylic Paper