“Renowned and controversial” Canadian artist Viktor Mitic recently released a 2015 painting in support of the LGBT community in North America and the Orlando shooting victims, publicist Andrew Anderson says.
The 58-inch by 88-inch acrylic painting — titled Spectral Confederation — is a Confederate flag with stars, each a different color of the rainbow. Mitic originally painted it after the 2015 Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in South Carolina.
“This painting advocates change and serves as a commentary to the underlining issues around gun control, homophobia, racism and the many historical prejudices that plague society today,” Anderson said in an email to the Miami Herald. “He would like to share this as an image that will bring and incite conversation, while bolstering support for those who wish to challenge those who lead to listen and to make change.”
According to a news release from Anderson, the painting has an appraised valued of $20,000. If sold, 100 percent of all sales proceeds will go to a GoFundMe such as Equality Florida’s, which already has raised more than $6 million for the Pulse Victims Fund in Orlando.