La Salle pop artist John Kettman is back with his political pumpkins, following his “Trumpkin” and Joe Biden pumpkin from the last election with Illinois gubernatorial candidates JB Pritzker and Darren Bailey.
John Kettman, of La Salle, poses with his pumpkins he created of Gov. JB Pritzker and GOP candidate Darren Bailey Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 at Allen Park in Ottawa. (Scott Anderson – [email protected])
Kettman, a Streator native, said he decided to create pumpkins for the gubernatorial race because residents are politically divided right now; pumpkins are something people on both sides of the political spectrum can look at and smile at.
“Hair care on pumpkins is a real nightmare because there’s stickiness,” Kettman said, reaching out to show a burn mark on her thumb. “I burned myself with hot glue and ripped the skin off right away. I use gorilla glue now.
Kettman has created many works of art in her career and likes to think outside the box with her designs.
From Vladimir Putin on a Ritz Cracker to Eminem on an M&M to etching Martin Luther King Jr. on the tip of a pencil, Kettman’s projects are one of a kind and have received all manner of recognition and accolades. national attention.
Kettman recently painted the late Betty White.
Kettman’s “Trumpkin” went viral in 2016 after he painted President Donald Trump and opponent Hillary Clinton on pumpkins and brought him and a friend’s son to meet President Trump at a an election rally.
In 2020, he again created pumpkins for Trump and President Joe Biden.
While the original Trumpkin was made on a real pumpkin that lasted about four weeks before rotting, Kettman made his Pritzker and Bailey pumpkins using fake pumpkins. Pumpkin hair is made of hair from other objects. For Pritzker’s hair, he used a wolf mask. For Bailey’s hair, he used a teddy bear purchased from Goodwill.