My first impression of this painting was "What is going on with the artistry of Jonathan Harris? First, let me say, I had never heard of Jonathan Harris! That made me more curious as to why he would create such a work of art. Historically, many artists address currents events and social issues in their art. Harris is one of them. Incidentally, the painting is called "Critical Race Theory." Now. . . the image begins to make sense.
Who is Jonathan Harris?
Before delving into a discussion of Harris's "Critical Race Theory" work of art, it may be of interest to find out what makes this guy tick! Jonathan was born and raised in Detroit...went to Detroit schools and "lived" Detroit history. As a child, he learned the artistic flavor of Detroit, both culturally and visually. The Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest art collections in the United States. While celebrating artists worldwide, it does not forget its largely minority population and responds esthetically.
Jonathan Harris attended the Detroit School of Performing Arts, Henry Ford Community College and Oakland University. He majored in graphic design. As an artist, he brings awareness to America's cultural differences and social inequities. One of today's hottest social issues is "critical race theory." Let's look at why Harris responded to it with his art.
Critical Race Theory