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The 30-inch 40-inch canvas depicts the “Days of Freedom” and the stars of “Man in Black”, with a fiery face, to give the viewer a smash hit.
So how did the hackneyed artist La Metina finish this piece so quickly – a few days after Will Smith, in that incredible moment, comic Chris Rock was decorated in front of 15.4 million viewers at the March 27 Academy Awards?
The answer is, he didn’t.
This image of Will Smith was painted 14 years ago. In 2008, LaMattina thought it was.
As the character of “Twilight Zone”, whose camera takes pictures of the future, LaMattina seems to have gotten a mysterious, startling head-up – an event that few of us can expect.
“Call it psychological,” he said. “I don’t know, it’s quite synchronous. When it was at the Oscar Awards, I was Holly the other day. [expletive]. ‘ “
His first impulse, he said, was to contact his friend Randy Glover, a Hackensack resident who bought the painting back in 2010.
“I thought, ‘I need to send Randy a text, to say that your painting has only increased in value.’
Meanwhile, Glover, who recalls the collision 12 years ago to pay between $ 800 and $ 1,200, didn’t even think about the implications of his far-sighted purchase. He just loves painting.
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“You can interpret the expression as angry, or it’s rapping and having fun,” he said. “But it’s interesting that the name of the photo is ‘POW!’ is the. It means he’s really touching someone.
LaMattina is an established artist. His work has been featured in Juried Shows and Solo Shows in Orangeburg, New York, Anchorage, Alaska. But he is also an educator, having taught art at Hackensack Elementary and Secondary Schools for many years before his retirement in 2010.
In his classroom at Hackensack High School, he kept boxes of pictures – old photos, magazine clips, newspapers, ads – that might have been inspirational to his students, and perhaps to himself. This is where, back in 2008, he found a picture of a young man posing for a stupid pose.
Little did he know that it was Will Smith. Unlike Andy Warhol, he is not attracted to celebrities. “I’m not really a big movie enthusiast, I’m losing that kind of gene,” he said. One of the students had to tell him that the warrior young man in the picture was none other than the Fresh Prince himself. Whichever LaMattina just liked the picture.
“I don’t remember what I was thinking,” he said. “There was something about the expression, the movement of the image in the image, that I really liked.”
He worked on the brass in the class, he recalls. Or rather, one of her former students remembered her, on Facebook, when she posted the picture the day after the Oscars. Needless to say, his account has been knocked down.
“I immediately got a million reactions,” he said. “Like OMG, you work really fast. ‘OMG, did you do it overnight?” And I’m saying, ‘No, no, I did that years ago.’ People say you are a psychic, you are an emotional. “
The thing that seems unusual about this image – in the past – is that most people will not think of Will Smith as an angry, confrontational person before last Sunday.
The fact that he played the role of Muhammad Ali in 2001, we knew he could throw a punch. But in terms of his on-screen personality, he’s usually more on the end of Tom Hanks’ spectrum. “He’s warm and fuzzy,” La Metina said.
That Smith’s a bellicose image was floating around a decade ago – and, of all the pictures, it was a La Matina that was captured without knowing who it was – the kind of thing you didn’t create. Can do
“I was actually painting that night, maybe 10:30, and somebody called me up and said, ‘Why do you want Will Smith?’ And I said, ‘No, I’m painting.’ And they said, “Be careful. And I thought, oh my God: ‘Get it!’ It’s like, there’s a stuff to sing about. “
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“It was kind of, ‘Who am I on the side of?’ Everyone was wondering who was right and who was wrong.
Rich and famous
On the other hand, Glover, a community activist and events promoter who has worked with several stars, sees Sunday’s slip-down as a celebrity. To her, it was a reminder that the very famous, like all the rich, are different from you and me. “They see things differently from regular people,” Glover said.
No doubt Smith was in a great rage when he spotted Chris Rock. But there was also, Glover doubt, some performance about it.
“He punched her,” Glover said. “Then he literally put on his jacket, put his shoulders up, with a smelly look on his face, like, ‘Show me. [expletive]. ‘ As if he was in a scene. “
The other thing that happened to Glover, such as Karim Abdul Jabbar and – maybe – some other viewers, is that this one TV moment can negatively, and unfairly, affect the perceptions of the African American community.
“He praised violence, undermined women, insulted the entertainment industry, and kept stereotypes constant about the black community,” Abdul Jabbar wrote in a column on Tuesday. “It’s something no white viewer needs to think about when they see it. A former friend of the Clobber duo is Jerry Springer.
Thanks to the heavens, Glover said, why did Chris Rock keep up – and his class.
“What if Chris Rock was a black belt, nobody knew, and his reaction was to screw Wyld Smith with a sharp kick? [expletive]”
Meanwhile – Will Smith or Will Smith – “Pow!” Glover maintains its proudest place in the dining room. He is an art collector: he has at least six laminate pieces. And he likes this.
“I’m glad all the paintings in La Metina,” he said. “I just enjoy what he does.”
Jim Beckerman is a entertainment and cultural reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to his insightful reports on how you spend your leisure time, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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