‘Male White World Leaders’. 2008-2013. Acryl on canvas. 3,62 by 2,64 meters (142,5 by 103,9 inch).
In the summer of 2008 Dennie Boxem and Martijn van het Goor were walking through Berlin and decided to create a painting together. The two art school classmates shared their love for Renaissance artists and ventured to remake ‘the school of Athens’ by Rafael as a tribute and learning experience.
‘The school of Athens’ turned out to be the perfect start-off to adress a large racial theme much-discussed at that time; there had never been a black or female leader of the Western world. The presidential elections of November 2008 however had the first black ánd female presidential candidate; Barack O’bama and Hilary Clinton. ‘Male White World Leaders’ depicts this historical event.
Next to O’Bama and Clinton are incumbent president George Bush and presidential candidate Senator John Mc Cain. In the shades surrounding them is a large selection of the world leaders of our history; all white man. On November 4, 2008, Barack O’Bama won the elections by 365 electorial votes against 173 electorial votes of Mac Cain. He became the 44th and the first black president of the United States of America.
Due to circumstances the painting was not finished completely. Boxem finished ‘Male White World Leaders’ in 2013.