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Illustration: Amit Shimoni
Israeli illustrator hired by Norway's Prime Minister
Amit Shimoni, who became famous for painting iconic leaders as colorful hipsters, is hired by the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg for her reelection campaign.

After the project "Hipstory" by Israeli illustrator Amit Shimoni was published all over the world, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg hired his services to draw her as a hipster for the upcoming elections in Norway on September 11.

 

 

Shimoni drew former President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Theodor Herzl, and many more—turning them all into colorful hipsters, young and full of character.

 

Erna Solberg (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Erna Solberg (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

Solberg's campaign manager saw Shimoni's illustrations and hired him for a campaign aimed at young voters in Norway. "The reactions we get are fantastic," the campaign manager said.

 

Illustration: Amit Shimoni
Illustration: Amit Shimoni

 

'Hipstory,' by Amit Shimoni

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The result exceeded expectations and won wide acclaim in Norway. Solberg was portrayed as a colorful, cool and peaceful figure. The leader was enthusiastic about the drawing, and the figure was stamped on shirts, posters, key chains, glasses and more.

 

Solberg and her campaign manager, seen wearing a shirt with her drawing (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Solberg and her campaign manager, seen wearing a shirt with her drawing (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

"The offer from Norway was very flattering but did not surprise me," Shimoni said. "I think the project creates communication between people, it communicates in China as it does in the US, and it creates communication between a granddaughter and her grandmother.

 

Donald Trump (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Donald Trump (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

Barack Obama (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Barack Obama (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

"Teachers from all over the world tell me that they teach history with 'Hipstory.' So the campaign manager's strategy to appeal to the younger generation through the illustration seemed very natural to me, and to my joy it worked."

 

David Ben-Gurion (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
David Ben-Gurion (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

"Hipstory" began as Shimoni's final project at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, three years ago. Shimoni drew a series of 12 Israeli leaders in contemporary versions, and from there the project grew and became international.

 

Golda Meir (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Golda Meir (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

The project aroused interest and received media reactions and reviews in leading magazines, and even received responses from the families of the leaders themselves.

 

Vladimir Putin (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Vladimir Putin (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

Nelson Mandela's grandson, for example, wrote Shimoni an encouraging e-mail and even wanted to create a philanthropic collaboration with him. The Dalai Lama Foundation was also enthusiastic about the illustration and ordered products that bore the Dalai Lama's liking from Shimoni.

 

Theodor Herzl (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Theodor Herzl (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

This is the first time that Shimoni has received a request from a political campaign by an incumbent leader.

 

Hillary Clinton (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)
Hillary Clinton (Illustration: Amit Shimoni)

 

Shimoni painted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the request of the New York Times, but before she announced her candidacy for the US presidency.

 

The newspaper presented the painting to Clinton as a gift at an event of the newspaper, which she attended.

 


First published: 02.09.17, 15:59
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