Oil painting by Mark Vallen

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Mark Vallen 2006
Oil on masonite 18" x 24" inches

Artist's statement:

"I created this painting for the Los Angeles showing of the traveling exhibit, At Work: The Art of California Labor.

Organized by the San Francisco State University Art Gallery and the California Historical Society, the June-July 2006 exhibit depicted California's labor history through the eyes of artists who had witnessed labor struggles since the turn of the 20th century.

Just prior to the exhibit's opening, the largest demonstration in the history of L.A. took place on May 1st, when up to 2 million immigrants and their supporters filled the streets of the city to show their support for immigrant's rights.

It was at that march and rally that I decided a painting of an immigrant worker would be appropriate for the "At Work" exhibit. My painting was also featured on NBC 4 television news of Los Angeles, when Cary Berglund, the station's arts and culture reporter, interviewed me regarding the exhibition."

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