Americans Who Tells the Truth is a portraits series by Robert Shetterly, depicting courageous Americans who have challenged the status quo in the name of social and environmental justice. This series of note cards reproduces 16 of these portraits in a handsome 5X7 inch format, each bearing a high resolution image of one of the portraits with attendant quotation and biographic information. Subjects on the note cards include: Henry David Thoreau, Mother Jones, James Baldwin, Dorothea Lange, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, Howard Zinn, Walt Whitman, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Emma Goldman, William Sloane Coffin, Rachel Carson, Mark Twain, Wendell Berry, and Chief Joseph.
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Robert Shetterly was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1969 from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. At Harvard he took a couple of courses in drawing which changed the direction of his creative life --- from the written word to the image. Also, during this time, he was very active in Civil Rights and in the Anti-Vietnam War movement.
After college and moving to Maine in 1970, he taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. While trying to become proficient in printmaking & painting, he illustrated widely. For twelve years he did the editorial page drawings for the Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon's children's newspaper Audubon Adventures, and approximately 30 books.
Now, his paintings & prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well know for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake's Proverbs of Hell, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation. His painting tends toward the narrative and the surreal, and he has not been, until this time, a portrait painter.Review:
"...an impressive...combination of art, politics, and social action. During this time...a...refuge from bluster, blather, and misrepresentation." -- William Higginson, Kingston Whig-Standard, June 9, 2004
"...in speaking the truth is the courage...in the face of...sometimes violent opposition.[The portraits are]...beacons of hope..." -- Stephen Downes, Newstrolls.com, November 2004
"I am amazed at the emotions and insights...[in] the portraits...[they]jump off the canvasses as beacons of...inspiration." -- Robert Holst, President, Concordia University
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