Mouth and Foot Painting Artists [Member] Dennis A. Francesconi gets two images published in the “Life Section” of USA Today. In addition, the newspaper also published a very informative article about the MFPA.
Many thanks to Ryan Richert, and Bridgette Ginyard [of Edelman Public Relations], Jim March [Director of MFPA for North America], and Victor Margiotta [Director of MFPA Media Relations USA] for all of their help.
USA Today, the nation’s largest newspaper, October 22, 2007 issue.– Circulation, 2,278,022 and an estimated readership of approximately 5,695,055…!
A tribute to America’s men and women in the military. By Dennis A. Francesconi. [Member] Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.
This piece is made up of 8 separate canvases. Due to my reach, I had to paint each canvas separately. At completion, it was fastened together with a custom strapping system. Its size is 72 inches high by 48 inches wide, or 183cm by 122cm. This piece consumed 3 1/2 months of my life. Countless headaches and days of blurred vision were common during the process, but I couldn’t give up. This one’s for the soldiers.
*Why have I done this piece…?
Well, it’s quite simple, and the title says it all. First of all,– I’m not an activist in any way. I’m just a regular guy who happens to be an artist. When the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan started, I was glued to the television like many people. I saw all of the flag waving, and all of the patriotism on television and around town. This was widely visible from the big cities to small towns across America. Sadly, many of these civilian acts of patriotism and support for our troops slowly faded, and everyday life quietly resumed. But for me, every time I saw the news then and even now, I see the very people, [the volunteers I might add], who are the reason that we enjoy our freedom as we know it. These people fight and die for us. Some make it back home alright, some don’t, and others come home seriously disabled. These people are our warriors and they should not be forgotten. The imagery in this piece came together in my mind as a way to honor those who serve in our military.
*Lastly, this painting was not intended to make a statement such as pro-war, or anti-war. Right or wrong, this is not the first war, nor will it be the last. Human nature, religion, and century old hatreds will make sure of that.
Dennis A. Francesconi
**Many thanks to my wife Kristi for her assistance throughout this project…;)
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists [Member] Dennis A. Francesconi was invited to exhibit some of his work on the world renowned Saatchi Gallery web site [London]. Formed 20 years ago the Saatchi Gallery is best known for the innovative forum it provides for established and upcoming contemporary artists. Famous artists who have exhibited at the Saatchi in the past include Andy Warhol and the Gallery was instrumental in discovering and turning into household names, controversial British artists like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and sculptor Marc Quinn, whose famous statue of MFPA [Member] Alison Lapper resides in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Razem Razniej Magazine.
Mouth and Foot Painting Artists [Member] Dennis A. Francesconi is generously featured in Razem Razniej, — a Magazine published in Poland. The 5 page article discusses his work, and the MFPA in great detail. Dennis’ painting “Serene Bay” graced the magazine cover as well.
The magazine covers new therapies, legal regulations concerning disabled people, and various success stories for inspiration. It’s distributed to many schools, hospitals and public libraries throughout Poland.
Many thanks to Barbara Hajgiel, Vice-President of the Association for the Help of Disabled People in Poland.