On February 9 a 24-year-old Facebook user Australian-American Illma Gore was the first to share the image online. The artist lives in Los Angeles. She calls herself a “gender fluid futurist”.
Her post was immediately removed from the social network Facebook. Twitter, ebay have also tried to ban the image from further distribution.
Gore has also been served with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act infringement notice from a third party through Facebook, according to a press release from Maddox Gallery. Though the image has been removed from her Facebook page, Gore made sure interested visitors can see it in her website for free. It is reported to be available as a free high-resolution version.
Trump’s supporters have sent her death threats for the painting which has also been banned from public displays in the US.
In a video Gore posted on her Facebook page, she said: “A third party’s human rights, which means that if I do not take my Facebook page down and the image… that I could be very likely going to court for it.”
“Lots of people who are sharing the same image are being banned too, and scrutinised by Facebook.
“That image is ours to use, rearrange and change however we want.”
“To be sued for that? Bring it on.”
According to a data released from Imgur and Reddit, the portrait was shared 260,000 times and viewed 50 million times on the day it was posted online.
The painting is said to be inspired from a former candidate Marco Rubio’s joke aimed at Trump’s small hands: “Look at those hands… if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem, I guarantee.”
According to a quote in the gallery’s press release, Gore’s painting of Trump’s nude portrait with a tiny penis was “to evoke a reaction from its audience.”
“Your genitals do not dictate your gender, your power, or your status. Simply put, you can be a massive prick, despite what is in your pants.”
The director of Maddox Gallery James Nicholls agreed on this about the painting:
“This is a very contentious and interesting piece and there is a lot of interest and debate around it.”
“Some may be offended but others will see the humor in Gore’s work.”
“Maddox Gallery is giving London the chance to view the original artwork and make up their own minds.”
A statement from the gallery’s rep says there is currently no end date for the artwork’s display as confirmed by Business Insider.
That’s the controversial artist riding topless on a Brisbane street. The contemporary tattoo artist Illma Gore started her race from Jamest St. in New Farm with the quote “my shirt didn’t match my rights” painted on her back.
Ashley Gore is her real name but known as ‘Illma’ in the arts world. She is the daughter of Mike Gore.
The excerpt below is drawn from Miss Gore’s Facebook profile:
“I got up this morning and made this chick breakfast and instead of thanking me she just said “how did you get in my house” at first I thought I was a sea anemone and then I realised I was a homosexual – I cannot pin point as to whether it was in the utero or even ponder that perhaps I was made this way – after all whom am I to question the wisdom of a greater knowledge?
I know that the world in all of its gloriousness of life, of feeling, of articulation that there is an art of existence and everything we do connotes a metaphysical note in the symphony of life.
Lets move positively further because the future is now and in a moment.
What baffles me is how a human any one human but especially one who wishes to lead our Country to speak for the people can refer to a large part of our nations rights as a ‘fashion’; we are not statistics we are human beings.
There is no such thing as ‘Gay marriage’ it is simply marriage and the right to live a life without being segregated.
In regards Mr Abbotts radical statement “I will not make radical change for the fashion of the moment” I give you a radical response: that today as an artist and as a homosexual I will skate through Brisbane topless and well… I guess today my shirt didn’t match my human rights.”