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The 30 “x 40” canvas marks the “Independence Day” and “Men in Black” stars. The face is distorted by anger and is about to hit the viewer with a knockdown.
So how did Hackensack artist Jora Matina complete the work so quickly? A few days after Will Smith, at that incredible moment, he graced comedian Chris Rock in front of 15.4 million viewers at the Academy Awards on March 27.
The answer was he didn’t.
That image of Will Smith was drawn 14 years ago. In 2008, I think La Mattina was.
Like the character in The Twilight Zone, where the camera takes pictures of the future, La Mattina seems to have acquired the mysterious and early heads-up of an event that most of us couldn’t predict.
“Call it a psychic,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s pretty synchronized. The next day I went when it happened in Oscar.” Holy [expletive].. “” “”
He said his first urge was to contact his friend Randy Glover, a resident of Hackensack who bought the painting in 2010.
“I thought,’I have to send a text to Randy saying that your painting has become more valuable.'”
Meanwhile, Glover, who recalls paying $ 800 to $ 1,200 for his work 12 years ago, didn’t even think about the implications of his visionary purchase. He likes painting.
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“You can interpret the expression as angry, or he enjoys rapping,” he said. “But it’s interesting that the name of the portrait is” Pow! “. That would mean he’s really hitting someone. “
La Mattina is a well-established artist. His work was seen in shows and solo exhibitions by judges from Orangeburg, NY to Anchorage, Alaska. However, he is also an educator and has been teaching art for many years at Hackensack primary and middle schools before retiring in 2010.
The Hackensack High School classroom kept boxes of old photographs, magazine clips, newspapers, advertisements, and other images that could inspire students and themselves. There, in 2008, he found a picture of a young man and posed for boxing.
He didn’t know it was Will Smith. Unlike Andy Warhol, he is not attracted to celebrities. “I’m not really a movie fan. It’s like the gene is missing,” he said. The student had to tell him that the warlike young man in the picture was nothing but Fresh Prince himself. Anything is fine. La Mattina liked the image.
“I don’t remember what I was thinking,” he said. “I really liked the expression” punch movement “in the photo.”
He recalls that he worked on the work in class. Rather, one of his ex-students remembered it for him on Facebook when he posted the image the day after Oscar. Needless to say, his account exploded.
“I got a million reactions right away,” he said. “Like’OMG’, you work really fast.” “OMG, did you do it overnight?” And I said, “No, no, I did it a few years ago.” I’m saying. People said you were a psychic, you were an sympathizer. “
In retrospect, what seems strange about that image is that most people didn’t think Will Smith was an angry, confrontational man until last Sunday.
Indeed, he played Muhammad Ali in 2001. We knew he could throw a punch. But when it comes to his screen personas, he’s usually at the end of Tom Hanks’ spectrum. “He’s warm and vague,” Lamatina said.
You know that this one warlike image of Smith came up decades ago, and that it was captured by La Mattina in all the images without even knowing who it was. Is a kind of thing that cannot be supplemented.
“I was actually painting late that night, maybe at 10:30, and someone called me and said,’Did you see Will Smith?'” And I said, “Did you see Will Smith?” No, I’ve been painting. ” And they said, “Post the news.” And I thought, “Pow!” It’s like a fortune teller is happening. “
What was his own reaction to Will Smith’s Fracus? complicated.
“It was like,’Which side am I on?’. It’s like everyone was thinking. Who was right and who was wrong?”
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Meanwhile, community activist and event promoter Glover, who has worked with many stars, sees Sunday’s slap as a celebrity. To him, a very famous person, like a very rich man, reminded me that he was different from you and me. “They have a different perspective than the average person,” Glover said.
When Smith slapped Chris Rock, he was definitely angry. But Grabber also had something to do with it.
“He hit him,” Glover said. “Then he literally adjusted his coat, slid his shoulders up, and sneaked his face. [expletive].. As he was in the scene. “
Another thing that happened to Glover, like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and other black viewers, is that this one television moment can negatively affect perceptions of the African-American community and unfairly affect it. Is to have.
In a column on Tuesday, Abdul Jabbar said, “I used a single blow to violence, reduce women, insult the entertainment industry, and perpetuate stereotypes.” Another white man from Jerry Springer.
Thank heaven, Glover said, Chris Rock kept his cool — and his class.
“What if Chris Rock was a black belt unknown to anyone and his reaction was to ruin Will Smith with a single quick kick? [expletive].. “
Meanwhile — no Will Smith or Will Smith — “Pow!” I’m trying to maintain the pride of the place in Grabber’s dining room. He is an art collector. He has at least 6 works by La Mattina. And he likes this.
“I’m happy to have all the paintings by Joe Lamattina,” he said. “I enjoy what he is doing.”
Jim Beckerman is an entertainment and culture reporter at NorthJersey.com. Subscribe or activate your digital account now for unlimited access to his insightful reports on how to spend your leisure time.
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