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Ocean Springs artist creates Trump poster, complete with 'freedom eagles'

Ocean Springs artist Craig Brumfield, thinking the visit of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to Biloxi needed some official commemoration, created this poster. It includes what Brumfield calls the billionaire's 'pet freedom eagles.'
Ocean Springs artist Craig Brumfield, thinking the visit of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to Biloxi needed some official commemoration, created this poster. It includes what Brumfield calls the billionaire's 'pet freedom eagles.' COURTESY CRAIG BRUMFIELD

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Craig Brumfield doesn't often follow politics. But when a presidential candidate comes to town, exceptions can be made.

The Ocean Springs artist drew a colorful pen-and-ink poster as a keepsake for Donald Trump's Saturday rally at the Coast Coliseum.

"I sketched it on Monday, inked it on Tuesday, colored it on Wednesday and got them printed on Wednesday afternoon," he said. "I think it'll kind of be a historical rally, I guess you'd say, with a presidential candidate coming to Biloxi like that."

Brumfield creates oil paintings, stencil art and pottery from the custom-built basement underneath his Ocean Springs Katrina cottage.

He said he enjoyed creating custom posters and made his own screens. He said he used to make posters for rock bands and would peddle them in the parking lots during concerts.

"I'd do it before shows and then would go to shows and end up meeting people." Sometimes, he got to meet the artists who inspired his art. And every once in a while, they would buy his poster or commission his work.

But the screen printing stopped when Hurricane Katrina destroyed his studio in 2005, along with most of his art supplies.

The last set of posters he printed for 2005's second annual Shed Fest. "I rebuilt some screens, found some of my screens and I printed that (posters)," he said.

He said the way Trump entices people when he speaks reminds him of the audience at a rock show.

"I've never been into presidential races, but this is pretty interesting," he said. "It's overwhelming the crowds he can draw instantly."

He was going to make the poster "neutral," but then added a lot of colorful flair, including Trump's signature blond hairdo and a couple of patriotic birds.

"I call those his pet freedom eagles," he said.

He said he put up his poster on Facebook, and most people gave positive feedback. A lot of people asked to buy one.

"That's the way campaigns used to be pushed around when they didn't have Facebook, social media, phones and all that s---. It was campaign art," he said. "People really dug it."

He said he's going to start making posters again, and he may even break out the sketch pad as the presidential race progresses.

"There might be some comical posters coming," he said.

He said he hopes people see his posters as a keepsake of the time a presidential candidate took time to come to South Mississippi.

"I'm definitely pro-him than others," he said of Trump. "I think it's pretty cool of him coming to Biloxi."

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