Michael Czerniawski

Salute! by Michael Czerniawski

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Artist Statement

"The second that I read about the Transcend campaign, I knew exactly which event best demonstrated the potential power of sports. Is there a more transcendent moment in sports than the black power salute at the Mexico City Olympics? Even now, seeing photos of Tommie Smith and John Carlos--their heads bowed and their fists raised as they stand upon the medalists\' podium--provokes deep emotion. They drew attention to the plight of African-Americans in the United States in a manner that shocked and moved so many around the globe. In this digital illustration, I tried to show how what Smith and Carlos did at the Olympics, despite being quiet and subdued, was immensely strong, important, and hopeful for people of all colors and races around the world. " - Michael Czerniawski

Michael Czerniawski is an educator who lives just outside of Chicago. He loves illustrating when not helping kids at school or playing with kids at home.

About Transcend

Transcend is a collection of designs depicting the men and women, movements, and moments which transcend any one team or sport or era and hold power and meaning far beyond any scoreboard. Proceeds support Boys & Girls Clubs, promoting and enhancing the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.