Stop Gun Violence by Lyla Paakkanen

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Artist Statement

"When I first thought about a design for this campaign, the image that came to mind was of a cartoon scene of a gun being plugged and blowing up with the muzzle curdled back like a flower. I wanted to use the hand in a ?stop? gesture to imply that the hand could stop a bullet, and like the cartoon gun, the gun has exploded, but in a bouquet of flowers! The flower inspiration is from the '70's when the flower was a symbol of peace and love, ?Make love, not war!? The flowers and the sleeve of the stop hand are the safety orange color. Violence with a gun is not the answer!" - 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 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.