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"Frank & Claire" (Version 1)

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In February of 2015, "Frank & Claire" was the very first piece I did for my then fledgling art studio, Plaid Design. I re-created the House of Cards upside-down American flag logo using shape-drawing techniques and superimposed it over my portrait of The Underwoods, which creates several levels of symbolism. To acknowledge this particular room's elephant, it's incredibly disappointing what has come out about Kevin Spacey since then. But to completely dismiss House of Cards because of one actor's horrible personal life past choices would be doing a gross disservice to everyone else who worked so hard to make this show one of the best on TV at the time. The same applies to Spacey's film work. To get back to the artwork process, this was my first time using a Wacom desktop-style drawing tablet and my first attempt at a digitally hand-drawn two-tone cutout style. While it feels fairly natural to me now, it was foreign to me then. I feel like I could paint this piece better today, but there will be no redos. Being my first work in this adventure, it still holds a place in my heart as essentially the beginning of Plaid Design as a real thing, not just an idea in my head.


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  • Museum-quality archival fine art print/giclée on acid-free paper.
  • Exclusive Limited Edition run in this size and variant.
  • Each Ltd. Ed. print is hand-signed and numbered by the artist in graphite.
  • Each Ltd. Ed. print includes a detailed Certificate of Authenticity, signed, dated, and numbered by the artist.
All Ltd. Ed. fine art prints are printed in Austin, TX, USA by Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions using archival Canon Lucia pigment inks on acid-free premium archival matte paper (230gsm/9.5mil). Finely crafted using a professional archival process, the result is a museum-quality art print that will last 100 years or more if properly cared for. All artwork is printed to individual order as art sells, no mass-printing, so please allow 2-3 days for this printing process to complete before your art is shipped. Dimensions listed for Ltd. Ed. prints include a white border for proper matting (usually 2 inches around). Please refer to the image included showing an example of how your print will look framed on a wall (frame not included; example image not necessarily to scale).
OPEN-EDITION MINI-PRINT ARTWORK DETAILS: Mini-Prints printed on high-quality cardstock and usually include a 1-inch border. Not numbered or signed.
Artwork © John Lathrop/Plaid Design. Not officially affiliated/licensed, but 100% protected under fair use and/or parody laws due to being original artwork of a transformative nature.