Matt Sesow’s 31 Days in July

mat sesow 31 days in july

Washington, DC artist Matt Sesow is about to finish up his 31 Days in July project for 2013. Sesow and his painter wife Dana Ellyn began the 31 days project way back in 2003. They each create a painting a day inspired by the news of that day.

They started out using the front page of the Washington Post newspaper each day but must have found it lacking. So they now use a variety of local and international news sources like Democracy Now, Al Jazeera, RT, and the Guardian.

I used to think art and politics should never mix and to a small extant I still believe that, but as each year passes and I learn more about the system that controls us and keeps us stupid, it’s hard not to say something using art.

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Matt Sesow – Hero 30 x 40 inches. I’m guessing this painting called “Hero” is of the US soldier Bradley Manning. Manning is the system’s lesson for we the sheep: Don’t question authority and definitely don’t expose the system’s lies and corruption or you’ll end up in prison.

matt sesow shark painting

Matt Sesow – Shark 30 x 40 inches. I have no idea what story inspired the shark. There’s a surfer on a wave too. Shark attacks? I don’t know, but it’s a nice painting.

matt sesow barack obama portrait

Matt Sesow – Take no Prisoners, 30 x 40 inches. This is obviously the puppet king of the world, Barack Obama, but I’m not sure what the news report was about. Something evil, I’m sure ;-)

matt sesow royal baby

Matt Sesow – Little Prince, 30 x 40 inches. This must be about the new baby lizard born in the United Kingdom. Prince George of Cambridge they called it. Funny name for a

See more of Matt Sesow’s awesome work from the 31 Days in July series at his website here. More about the project and the works of Dana Ellyn can be found at the 31 days project website here.

Matt’s work is also very affordable. He’s an independent artist selling a lot of his work online. I bought the Guide to North American Birds painting back in 2009 and have no intentions of ever parting with it! :-)

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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.

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