Born in NYC, Anne Deon's parents, Italian immigrants, were proud of their artistically gifted daughter until she chose art, not book-keeping nor teaching, as a career. "Disavowed by my father," Deon crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan in her twenties and lived in that "hotbed of youthful creativity for 20 years. I was part of the music/art scene, played in legendary clubs - Max's Kansas City, CBGB, and Alan Vega, from the avant-garde band Suicide was my mentor and lover. I was painting, playing in my own band with Johnny Dynell, joined The Alan Vega Band, toured Europe a couple of times".
Then, in 1984, "suddenly, in a flash, the image, the symbol, the timelessness of the concept of freedom and liberty struck me. Obsessed with painting this magnificent image, I prepared the canvas, put some music on the record player (record player!) and got going. I began with Liberty then added the Jesse James gang, Muhammad Ali - a hero of mine since the Vietnam era - Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse, a creative angel and rebel... and named the series Words, Heroes, Outlaws and Rebels".
Deon now lives in Florida where Coral Springs Museum of Art held a Retrospective of her work in 2012.
From Friday, the Statue of Liberty stands guard over Donald Trump's America. Deon worked for Hillary Clinton and does not mince her words: "Trump gives every indication of becoming a reckless, egomaniacal, uninformed and dangerous president. His national security team, headed by (Michael) Flynn, is radical and in some cases has propagated 'fake news'. I am stunned daily by the scope of Trump's dysfunction."
Deon's work is celebratory, colour-filled and on the side of life. Exuberant and free, this painting, 6ft x 6ft, featured in the US sitcom The King of Queens, on a magazine cover to commemorate 9/11, has "no blatant political message". Yet "I am confident that the viewer will bring their own ideas to the image - one person's idea of Liberty may be another's idea of oppression".
Right now Deon is "alarmed" and yet she hopes that America "will return to its struggle to help craft a better, peaceful world."
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