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Marc-Antoine Gaston, earned an MFA at Rutgers University in 1987, where he studied with Martha and Melvin Edwards. His work encompasses many of the political issues surrounding Haiti and the United States. It combines a realist academic style with surrealist abstraction. He has held exhibitions at Montclair State College, New Jersey, the Black & White In Color Gallery in the Bronx and Walter Hall Gallery at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Gaston is currently a painting instructor at Union Township Adult School in New Jersey.
This painting is a reminder of how many black people continue to die at the hands of police and vigilante. “I can’t breathe,” George Floyd, 46, says repeatedly. The message is clear, guilty until proven innocent. Shoot first and ask question later. From 1877 to 1950, more than 4,400 black men, women, and children were lynched by white mobs, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. Black people were shot, skinned, burned alive, bludgeoned, and hanged from trees.