Louisiana Ink Artist Produces Bicentennial Poster

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Martin J. Benoit, a Louisiana ink artist for nearly 30 years, announces the release of his bicentennial poster design celebrating Louisiana's 200th anniversary.

Louisiana Bicentennial poster designed by Martin J. Benoit.

The poster began as a rough idea sketched on a sheet of paper early one Sunday morning. It has evolved into this wonderful collection of drawings, historic events, and design imagery organized to show Louisiana's diversity.

Louisiana ink artist, Martin J. Benoit, has produced a Louisiana Bicentennial poster incorporating his drawings along with state historical events. The poster commemorates another milestone in state history.

"In 2012, Louisiana joins the ranks of seventeen other states with a 200-year-old history", Benoit says. "Our state is rich and diverse in its culture, its resources, and its people. I wanted to come up with a design to celebrate all of this and say, 'Happy 200th Anniversary, Louisiana'."

Benoit's design features the outline of a large fleur-de-lis, containing intricate colored versions of his work, composed mainly of Louisiana state symbols. The fleur-de-lis "floats" over a rectangular assortment of Benoit's black and white images, selected to represent a cross-section of state landmarks. "Selecting the images to include was a bit grueling," Benoit says. "I went over and over the design to find the right mix."

Surrounding this image collage is a border of dated historical events in Louisiana history. Each event is separated by a small fleur-de-lis. Above all of this is "LOUISIANA" in large letters, with the "U", "S", and an "A" lettering in red, white and blue, respectively. "This emphasizes the large part that the Louisiana Purchase played in the history and growth of the United States," Benoit says. He designed the poster to encompass many of the elements that make Louisiana unique.

Benoit says that he has really enjoyed working on this project and seeing it develop. "The poster began as a rough idea sketched on a sheet of paper early one Sunday morning. It has evolved into this wonderful collection of drawings, historic events, and design imagery organized to show Louisiana's diversity."

Benoit grew up in the Thibodaux area and now lives in Covington, Louisiana. He is a self-taught artist working in ink with watercolor on occasion. He exhibits at fairs and festivals throughout the year. Benoit says, "I'm extremely proud to be a Louisiana native and to have enjoyed nearly 30 years of producing drawings of my home state." He goes on to say that this poster is the culmination of those three decades of work.

Prints of the design are available in three sizes and editions. Additional information is available at Benoit's website: http://www.LaInkArt.com

ABOUT MARTIN J. BENOIT, LOUISIANA INK ART - Martin is a self-taught artist producing highly-detailed ink drawings of Louisiana subjects since 1983. Each drawing takes an hour per square inch to complete. He exhibits his award-winning art in Louisiana and nearby states throughout the year. Martin offers ink originals, limited-edition prints, handcolored versions, and open-editions of his work.

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