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Mural Description

Hands are used as a symbol of our midwestern working class values. They are symbols of action and connection. This mural shows two hands in the classic image of trust and agreement, the HANDSHAKE. We feel these images work on a large-scale format in any location. They are simple, powerful graphic symbols that send the message of inclusion and togetherness. These images are also part of the Fatherless Print Posse vocabulary that began in Rockford more than a decade ago.

Mural sponsored by Kjellstrom Family Foundation


Jumping Joe's
603 W. State Street, Rockford (west facing)

Artist BioFatherless

Fatherless is a print collective from Rockford, Illinois, that started in 2010. They have gained international attention with their print, installation and commission work using a lurid palette and bold graphic sense. The members operate as a unit collaborating freely with each other's ideas and imagery. This process does not reveal any individual artists or "father" but rather an amalgam of the whole. Each piece is a one off monoprint that will never be repeated. The collective power of the four individuals allows for a wide range of ambitious projects that satirizes what they see as "our consumer driven, media saturated, disposable culture." Artists consist of Javier Jimenez, Greg Lang, Dave Menard, and Ben Rider (UK).

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