Aussie-born artist Illma Gore had to face the wrath of Donald Trump’s supporters in the US. Gore just returned to Los Angeles, California from London when a Trump supporter punched the artist in the face in LA.
Illma Gore is the artist behind the pastel-based pencil and oil artwork displayed at the Maddox Gallery in London. The painting is basically a nude Donald Trump portrait complete with a diminished manhood, states Inquisitr. Entitled “Make America Great Again,” the portrait has received a lot of flak from supporters of Donald Trump. The artist revealed that things have gotten really nasty as she received many death threats too.
Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, "Trump 2016!" in Los Angeles, just days after I returned home from London just down the road from my house. Though I encourage passion, opinion and emotion, especially though art, I think violence is disgusting. To live in a place where Facebook has given my address to an anonymous third party makes me anxious. This type of violence makes creatives feel like we live in a world where our individual creative input isn't safe. I am sad that this is the state of our America right now. I am sad that Trump, and many of his supporters, don't find words enough to express their opinions – they need walls, waterboarding and punches. @realdonaldtrump Please stop glamorizing and perpetuating violence. Make America Decent Again! #makeamericadecentagain No, they have not been caught, and the men drove off laughing. A detailed police report has been filed.
Gore took to Instagram to post about her injuries. “Today I was punched in the face by a man who got out of his car and yelled, “Trump 2016!” in Los Angeles, just days after I returned home from London just down the road from my house,” read the caption. “Though I encourage passion, opinion, and emotion, especially though art, I think violence is disgusting,” it added.
Yahoo News reveals that while the work was a hit online, art galleries in the US refused to put it up, fearing a backlash from Trump’s supporters. However, the artwork has found an international audience in art galleries in the UK. It has been valued at AU$2.49 million (US$1.87 million) should Gore wish to sell it. And she does plan on selling it. The artist wants to donate a portion of the proceeds for a not-for-profit supporting the homeless.
One of the reasons Trump’s supporters are likely upset over the artwork is because it has been used it in debates by his rivals. For instance, Gore believes Marco Rubio made a reference to the artwork during a debate in Virginia in February. “And you know what they say about men with small hands? You can’t trust them,” said Rubio.
“It is my art and I stand by it. Plus anyone who is afraid of a fictional penis is not scary to me,” said Gore who has given a preview of another of her work on Ted Cruz.