Farewell Obama by Lyla Paakkanen

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Artist Statement

"It is with a heavy heart that we would have to say goodby to a president who has been so beloved by so many. I imagined him walking off of the stage of his office, not into obscurity, but with a determination to continue his work off stage. I tried to execute his image with the apparent quickness of a confident sketch, but in fact I had labored over this composition and redid it many times. I tried showing him with a pensive face, thinking about the work ahead of him, but settled upon this simple image, letting his body tell the story." - Lyla Paakkanen

Lyla Paakkanen lives in Sacramento, where the Pony Express ended its route. She is a freelance artist and illustrator, has a Master’s Degree in Art from CSUN, Communications Design from UCLA. She taught art at 5 colleges and has won many awards in California and Colorado for her work.

About Design for Obama

Started in 2008 and revived in 2012, Design For Obama is a grassroots collection of posters from artists around the country that helped elect Barack Obama as President. Select designs from the 2008 collection were published as a coffee table book with filmmaker and activist Spike Lee and design author and historian Steven Heller.

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.




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