Libertarian Artists (part 1)

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As Libertopia Cartoons has been working to provide awesome cartoons, infographics, great informational resources and more to our friends and neighbors around the world, we thought it might be fun to take a moment to look at some of the artists out there who are also contributing to a libertarian message.

We think you’ll agree that it’s pretty exciting to see so many talented folks using their creativity to communicate a powerful visual message to the world. Check out the below list which we’ve assembled. It certainly doesn’t list ALL libertarian artists – just some that we’ve come across over the past several months. We’ll plan on talking about others (such as artists in other parts of the world) in blog posts down the road. Don’t forget to check out their websites in the links provided, and maybe consider purchasing some of their work if you really like what they do. Don’t forget, these artists do a lot of other work that deals with a variety of subject matter, so you’re likely to find something that catches your eye!

Jamie Roocke-Sherman is the creator behind “Voluntaryist”, a comic series that explores what it means to be truly free. As stated at volcomic.com (the official website for the comic), “‘Voluntaryist’ is the tale of a superhero who finds himself pitted against the government as the government tries to enslave humanity once and for all.” So far, this comic book series has seen their libertarian superheroes taking on such villains as the “Statist Zombies”, the TSA, and more! And if you’re looking for some unique gift ideas for holidays or birthdays, you definitely couldn’t go wrong here! Read more at: Meet Voluntaryist, the first libertarian superhero!

Ben Garrison and wife Tina are two very talented artists from Montana. You may have seen some of their work around, as Garrison’s cartoons are certainly very eye-catching with a razor-sharp wit. According to their grrgraphics website, they are, “trying to do our part by means of artwork to help raise awareness of the drift towards tyranny. We as private citizens need to reclaim and fight for our rights enumerated in our constitution. It’s time to speak out and express our outrage at the growing tyranny of Big Government.” (Note: Make sure you have the right Ben Garrison if you look him up on your own! There’s some people out there who have attempted to discredit the work of this artist through creating false artwork and character attacks.) Also read more at garrisongraphics.blogspot.com.

Adam Schwankl is a painter who has created beautiful works of art, including his “R3VOLUTION” series that features images of Ron Paul and Ludwig von Mises, as well as beautiful portraits of everyday people. In a Students for Liberty interview, Mr. Schwankle stated that he is, “inspired by the ideas of human freedom, personal liberty, and the foundation of justice that is necessary for love to exist between people.” 

Peter Santa-Maria is an artist / graphic designer whose amazing work encourages thinking outside the box. According to Attack the Planet, Peter prefers “illustrating topics that deal with social and geo-political injustices. He tries to incorporate humor and hopes this will soften the edge of some of his themes. Peter reluctantly involves himself with local political affairs with the intention of rationalizing with the nightmares that hold office in miami. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, teaching high school, and reading anti-authoritarian literature.”  

Sculptor Rachel Feinstein and Painter John Currin were described in a 2011 New York Times article as “the ruling power in today’s art world.” And according to this reason.com article, “On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being full-blown right-winger and 10 being full-tilt left-winger, they put themselves more or less in the middle, both of them espousing an essentially libertarian agenda. And both are quick to wonder why it’s a given that an artist should have liberal leanings when, if making art is a consummately individual expression, a libertarian bent seems a natural choice.”

helpus2Do you know of other libertarian artists? If so, please let us know, and we can look at including them in a future post! If you might happen to have any thoughts on this particular subject, or ideas for future cartoons, infographics, or blog articles – please be sure to leave a comment! We’d really love to hear your thoughts! Also, don’t forget to share Libertopia with a friend, or help donate if you appreciate what we’re doing! Have a great day!

NOTE: Don’t forget out art contest that’s going on RIGHT NOW (until May 15, 2015). Check out the details HERE!

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