Bullying by Chad Cortez Everett

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Bullying
Original Oil on Canvas
Size: 34″  x  36″

I created “Bullying” in order to take an active stance against the bullying epidemic in our society. When I was younger, I was physical and verbally bullied; but, I learned how to stand up for myself by building up my self esteem and self worth as a person.  Nowadays, bullying has taken on a new face and format within our society; as a result, it has evolved into social media which has create huge problems in our culture. It is easy to send threatening emails, harassing texts and visual threats using social media without making physical contact with the victim. Young people and adults are harming themselves and committing suicide; because, they were bullied by someone online. Many victims scream out for help, but we close our eyes and ignore the signs.   I taught middle school art for seventeen years and witnessed first hand the consequences of bullying and how it can devour a student’s self esteem.  

In my painting, it depicts two males attacking another male in hallways of a building. The victim is trying to escape the physical torture, but one of the bullies has the victim trapped in a physical arm bar. In the background, people are watching the violence take place and are hiding in doorways and looking out their windows, but refuse to help the victim. Also, in the middle ground of the painting, the figure on top of podium has turned his back on the violence and refuse to get involved with the incident. When viewers look at this painting, they feel somewhat helpless and feel pity for the victim. They are force to make the decision whether to get involved or just be a bystander.  The social commentary of this painting is about bullying and how we need to get involved instead of watching. www.chadceverettart.com

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Bullying
Original Oil on Canvas
Size: 34″  x  36″

 Artist’s Statement

          If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” stated Fredrick Douglas.  My work illuminates the externals and internal struggles of all people from similar walks of life.  The psychological and physical actions of struggle build character and endurance which are themes represented in my work. If we do not undergo physical and mental struggle, then we cannot develop and mature as a human being.

My subject matter explores social isolationism, racial identity and social bullying within society. I paint the good, the bad and the misrepresented in my work; hence I am not afraid to challenge the establishment. The work is bold and electrifying which leaves viewers evaluating their inner strength and overall presence.  My artwork encourages people to stop being unhappy about their situations, resolve their own personal problems and achieve their inner dreams.  www.chadceverettart.com

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