Sometimes a story comes along that is so unique, it simply has to be shared. First, let’s start with the basics. This portrait is being sold on eBay, and all proceeds are being donated to one of Stephen’s favorite charities, DonorsChoose.org. Sounds good so far, right?
Except this is no ordinary fan portrait. The artist, Stan Murmur, was an art teacher but was fired for creating portraits such as this, as well as nature art such as butterflies and flowers. But why was he fired, you ask? It’s not the subject, it’s the creation process. His paint? Acrylic. The brush? His body. Specifically, his butt.
Yes. This is a painting done by someone’s butt. I’m so not kidding.
The part that is trippy is how this guy got fired. The school district where he taught was aware of his extracurricular art career for years, but was not fired until a video surfaced of him demonstrating his, um, technique. The ACLU has taken up his cause for free expression speech, and hopefully there will be some kind of resolution where he will find a way to continue his artistic expression in his own, unique way.
But for now, he has his art. And as a teacher and former Marine, Stan came up with the idea of creating this portrait in order to support public schools that service military families through Colbert’s “Support our Troops” campaign at DonorsChoose.org. So if you’ve ever wanted a truly one-of-a-kind portrait of Stephen Colbert, now would be a good time to bid.