Chris Hopkins

 
Sunset on Black Wings, oil on boardThe Supremes, oil on board, 18 x 24inA Night in December (TA Nurse), oil on canvas, 24 x 18inThe Commander and the Plan, oil on board
The First Lady and the Chief, oil on board, 29 x 33.5inThe Long Walk Back, oil on boardThe March of the Brass Wranglers, oil on boardThe Weight of the World, oil on board
The Trial of Roger Terry, oil on board, 22 x 28inW Booker, charcoal on paperWendell Pruit, charcoal on paper, 16 x 20inWendell Pruit, oil on board, 22 x 28in
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Artists Statement
The Tuskegee Airmen

During World War II, the U.S. military was racially segregated. Reflecting American society and law at the time, most black soldiers and sailors were restricted to labor battalions and other support positions. An experiment in the U.S. Army Air Forces, however, showed that given equal opportunity and training, African-Americans could fly in, command and support combat units as well as anyone. The USAAF's black fliers, the so-called "Tuskegee Airmen," served with distinction in combat and directly contributed to the eventual integration of the U.S. armed services and started a groundswell that became the civil rights movement. This was a battle fought on two fronts. One front was fought overseas against  the threat of a voracious global enemy bent on world domination. The other front was fought at home for the recognition of simple human dignity and the God given right to pursue opportunity, excellence, and the freedom of self determination. As an artist I could think of no better way to tell this story of human drama more effectively than through the universally understandable language of art.

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