This Artist Has Painted Portraits of Migrant Labourers For 20 Yrs

“I want them to appreciate the beauty of what these people are and what they stand for,” Don Coen said.

Don Coen always wanted to be a painter. The artist, who grew up on a farm on the high plains of eastern Colorado, has been painting since he was four. Twenty years ago, he began painting giant painting of migrant workers.

He began to photograph migrant workers so he could find faces to paint. He says that his work is strictly apolitical.

I don’t want people to walk in and see this show and say I’m for this or that or whatever. I want them to appreciate the beauty of what these people are and what they stand for.

(With inputs from Today)