Artists Are Paying Tribute to the Death of George Floyd Through Moving Illustrations

 

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People across the world are reacting to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Those creatively inclined are responding in the way they know best: art. Artists and illustrators are creating portraits of Floyd as a way to honor his life while condemning the way in which he was killed. And on a larger scale, they are highlighting the unequal justice and police brutality that Black people face on a daily basis.

The tribute art to Floyd is ever-growing on Instagram and in public as murals, and it touches on many feelings no matter where it is seen. There is sorrow that the 46-year-old man died too soon and there is also anger that Floyd is far from the first Black man to be killed. From these emotions, there is also a feeling that we, as a society, must act to dismantle the systemic racism that allows such atrocities to happen.

Scroll down to see some of the tribute art to Floyd and how his memory will live on through it.

People are creating art as a reaction to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

 

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Justice for George Floyd, Lukas Carlson, Digital Painting, 2020 from r/Art

Some tributes take the form of murals.

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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