When He Takes a Knee
When He Takes a Knee
When He Takes a Knee
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When He Takes a Knee

Original / Limited Edition prints of 10

Unframed

Print only, without a frame

Black frame

Square profile solid wood frame coated with black lacquer

White frame

Square profile solid wood frame coated with white lacquer

Walnut frame

Square profile solid wood frame with natural wood finish
Original medium: Oil on canvas
Print medium: Hahnemuhle German Etching fine art paper
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Shipping: Delivery duration is 10-15 days within the US, 20-30 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Finishing: Artwork will be delivered on an unframed stretched canvas and wire hanging system
Frame: Artwork is printed without a frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 4-7 business days within the UK, 7-10 business days across Continental Europe and 10-20 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with black lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 65mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 43 x 53 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with white lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 65mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 43 x 53 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame at 20mm width, 20mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers and finished with a natural walnut finish, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 65mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 43 x 53 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork is printed without a frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with black lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 75mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 75.5 x 95 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame coated with white lacquer at 20mm width, 22mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 75mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 75.5 x 95 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Frame: Artwork will be framed with a square profile hand-crafted solid wood frame at 20mm width, 20mm depth and internal depth of 18mm. Our frames make use of the highest quality materials from sustainable sources. Put together by Fine Art Guild-commended framers and finished with a natural walnut finish, the print is protected with sealed brown taped backs and a crystal-clear acrylic glazing. Arrive ready to hang. Mounted on 75mm acid-free foam board. Measuring 75.5 x 95 cm including frame.
Print medium: Printed, using the giclée method, on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper. A 310 gsm traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper, complete with an inkjet coating. The white art paper made from 100% alpha cellulose is characterised by its extraordinary velvety tactile feel and its fine, clearly defined felt structure with traits of a traditional artist board. It is acid- and lignin-free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
Shipping: Delivery duration is 7-10 business days within the UK, 10-15 business days across Continental Europe and 15-25 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.
Finishing: Artwork will be delivered on an unframed stretched canvas and wire hanging system

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Includes donation and standard shipping within the UK (exact VAT and shipping amount to be calculated at checkout)
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Description +-

When He Takes a Knee references the first American NFL players to “take a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem in 2016. Their aim was to call attention to the issues of the ongoing racial inequality and police brutality occurring in the United States. Kaepernick and Reid’s actions were met with boos from stadium fans and criticism from anonymous executives. Even so, during the 2016 season, a small number of NFL players also took the knee during the anthem. In 2017, then-President Trump described the act as a disrespectful act against the United States and urged the NFL owners to fire the “sons of bitches” who knelt in protest. Trump’s remark led conservative Americans and media outlets to become vocal resulting in players losing their jobs or being benched. This painting, created in 2019, empathically depicts why the athlete took a knee during the national anthem. The mourning of the loss of yet another Black life. The National Anthem begins and the crowd rises as has been the collective ritual since 1891. This athlete doesn’t stand as tradition dictates, nor does he turn his back to the flag or raise his fist in anger. He chooses however, to alter the patriotic convention and kneel reverently. The action is not meant as a defiant symbol of aggression but rather one of vulnerability to remind a nation how far we still have to go to realise the constitutional right of equal protection under the law. It is the weight of this never-ending mourning that results in his decision to “take a knee.” 

Artist +-

Melody Croft  

Croft credits her artistic style to the hundreds of young children she taught in her 30 years as a teacher. The daily interactions with children, and immersion into their concrete thinking, rests on her canvases set into a story. The use of text cites children storybooks where picture and text go hand-in-hand. 

The presented works were created in the spirit of allyship with focus on the Black Lives Matter movement. As a whole, these oil paintings create an empathic narrative sparked from Croft's many years forming emotional connections with young African American children as a teacher. The heart of each work’s narrative is 'too,' meaning 'also'. It is the absent but implied word at the end of Black Lives Matter - and the artistic lens of each painting. 

Since 2012, Croft's work has been in numerous exhibitions in Georgia, the Southeast, the Midwest, and New York City. In the summer of 2021, she had her first major solo exhibition entitled, TOO: An Orientation of Spirit. Later that year, NYC Phoenix Art Collective in New York City invited Croft to present this same exhibition virtually on their website. Croft's paintings have been published in several periodicals, newspapers, and as the cover for a book of poetry entitled, A Thousand Scattered Moments. Croft is a self-taught artist. She lives in Athens, Georgia and commutes daily to her art studio in Jefferson, Georgia.

Melody Croft’s work explores the notion of humanity with a lens of subjectively to observe human emotions. Her portraits and narrative paintings converge the real and the imagined to examine the status quo and social norms of modern life. Her paintings invite viewers to look and consider the psychological, sociological, or emotional complexities of race, gender, age, and culture.

Donation +-

Based on our agreement with the artist, 15% of the pre-VAT price excluding frames will be donated to support the Racial Justice Network.

Artwork Details +-

Finishing: Artwork will be delivered on an unframed stretched canvas and wire hanging system
Shipping: Delivery duration is 10-15 days within the US, 20-30 days for the rest of the world. Delivery to some countries will be subjected to additional import VAT and duties to be paid to the courier directly.

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