Canadian Artists Meets US Politics: Original Thought-Provoking Chess Board Artwork of US President Barack Obama Helps Voters Visualize Key Issues

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As the 2012 US election season heats up, internationally recognized Jurik Designs has created captivating artwork titled “Obama – Issues 2012” to support the President's reelection campaign and is available as a free download.

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Artwork "Obama - Issues 2012" highlights the important issues at stake in the upcoming Presidential Election. The intention of the artwork is to remind people of how especially important it is to vote this fall.

Ann and Peter Jurik of Jurik Designs is a Canadian based husband and wife design team. To support President Obama’s reelection, they created the "Obama - Issues 2012" artwork to not only inspire but encourage discussion and remind voters about the Key issues that are at stake. The artwork is available as a free download at http://www.peterjurik.com. The Artists request that individuals who download the free artwork make an Obama reelection contribution directly to: https://contribute.barackobama.com/donation/index.html.

According to Ann and Peter Jurik, "We chose a Chess analogy for this artwork because we feel that President Obama is similar to a great chess player - smart, thoughtful, informed, tactical and considers all options and repercussions before making final decisions. The theme of the image and what makes it unique is that it showcases the important issues of this election and what is at risk of being lost.”

The original artwork, which features the immortal move from the famous chess match Kasparov vs Topalov 1999 (Kasparov's Immortal), can be viewed on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GH2VLYbMIU.

The original 25 3/4" X 37" pencil drawing of "Obama - Issues 2012," depicts a bold and striking image of President Obama in the image foreground. Behind the President is a dramatic, eye-grabbing chess board and game where symbolic images represent the important issues of this campaign. The 44 chess squares shown on the chess board are symbolic of Obama's 44th Presidency. Along with the immortal chess game pieces, the other images on the squares represent the issues of President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign. For example, there's an apple representing education; the Statue of Liberty is for immigration; the windmill symbolizes energy; the medical symbol represents healthcare. Some of the President's strengths and objectives are also depicted: the handshake represents integrity and honor; while the world map is a sign for both global diplomacy and leadership. The climatic moment of the chess game depicted is when one brilliant move of the immortal game is being played out.

Jurik Designs said that they hope the image will act as a conversation piece during the election season to incite discussions about the issues, to remind people to vote and to serve as a keepsake of this historical election.

Free, sharable digital art print downloads of "Obama - Issues 2012" are exclusively available at http://www.peterjurik.com. Art prints are also available for purchase. More work by Jurik Designs may be found on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JurikDesigns. Their original works range from classic automobiles, sailboats and wildlife to politicians, celebrities and athletes. Most recently Jurik partnered with the Japanese Skating Federation where partial proceeds from their artwork will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross, in order to assist with the losses from the 2011 tsunami.

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