Vice-Mayor John Kennedy was joined by city ofﬁcials and other civic leaders Thursday afternoon at the Pasadena Central Library where he unveiled an oil-on-canvas painting of President Barack Obama, which now adorns a wing inside the library.
The commemorative painting, entitled “Yes We Can,” was produced by internationally recognized artist Pascal Mpeck, who was also in attendance. The painting is a personal gift from Kennedy to the City.
The oil on canvas painting, titled Yes We Can, was completed in 2017, and measures 63 inches x 55 inches. A City statement described the imagery as a progressive montage of African culture which is meant to represent and cultural connections and continuum between Africa and America.
The title, “Yes We Can,” directly relates to Obama’s Presidential campaign slogan and context of the painting is intended to celebrate America’s positive social, political, and cultural progression and achievements, according to a City report.
The painting is located at Pasadena Central Library in the Ria C. Humanities Wing, above the entrance to the adjacent Ron and Linda Galbally Fine Arts Room, in the southeastern portion of the building.