In December 2012, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut reinvigorated the gun control debate that would continue throughout the years since. Los Angeles artist Charles Gitnick was only ten years old at the time, but that did not stop his colourful gun art from receiving international recognition for its relevant message.
Aided by his dad, Gitnick first began selling his work on the boardwalk of Venice Beach. Inspired by artists Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gitnick began to experiment with new artistic techniques and methods to improve his work’s longevity.
In 2015, Gitnick exhibited his artwork at Art! Vancouver. Today, he is in the ninth grade, has sold his pieces all over the world, and is a renowned social media star with a 540K Instagram followers and 78K Twitter followers.