Artist Re-Imagines “Pee-Chee” Folders As Tributes to Police Violence Victims
Los Angeles-based artist Patrick Martinez has paid tribute to those have lost their lives to police in recent months, via a series of pieces meant to look like classic Pee-Chee folders.
He re-imagined the covers of each folder with imagery inspired by the horrific events that took place in the first week of July 2016 -- including 37-year-old Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, LA; and 33-year-old Philando Castile, who was killed during a traffic stop in St. Paul, Mn, to name a few.
According to KCET, Martinez has been documenting instances of violence in the U.S. since early 2015 in Pee Chee-style paintings, much of which involves police brutality and death at the hands of officers. He's made an estimated 20 such paintings in that period, some of which has been sold off to private collectors. Others, however, are displayed in galleries like Charlie James in Los Angeles and Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco. And finally, a few are inside his studio in Los Angeles.
It's unclear if any of these pieces are currently on sale, but you can find out more about Martinez at his official website here.