My art is hope, a wager against despair, a way of affirming my defiant humanity. In painting, I bond with colour to sing the sorrow and pain of a ravaged homeland, though it is not colour with which I paint, it is with my humanity, my soul.

When Hearts Beat As One... Souls Rejoice Acrylic on canvas 30x40cm 2017

When Hearts Beat As One... Souls Rejoice Acrylic on canvas 30x40cm 2017

Bird Symphony (series) Acrylic on paper/canvas Paris 2015 COLLECTION MANSOURIA FOUNDATION BIRD SYMPHONY is a collection of drawings made during my brief residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (Aug-Dec 2015) in response to the tragic mass migration we are witnessing world-over. In the name of Freedom and Democracy and in the name of Religion, atrocities are committed, the result of which innocent lives find themselves in pursuit of 'safety' outside their homelands, often jeopardizing their very lives in the process. Forced to leave everything behind; their beautiful lands, homes, loved ones, carrying nothing more than their sorrow-filled hearts and memories, not knowing what the future holds; it is a sad mad world. Yet still... "Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world. Amos Lee"

Bird Symphony (series) Acrylic on paper/canvas Paris 2015 COLLECTION MANSOURIA FOUNDATION

BIRD SYMPHONY is a collection of drawings made during my brief residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris (Aug-Dec 2015) in response to the tragic mass migration we are witnessing world-over. In the name of Freedom and Democracy and in the name of Religion, atrocities are committed, the result of which innocent lives find themselves in pursuit of 'safety' outside their homelands, often jeopardizing their very lives in the process. Forced to leave everything behind; their beautiful lands, homes, loved ones, carrying nothing more than their sorrow-filled hearts and memories, not knowing what the future holds; it is a sad mad world. Yet still... "Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world. Amos Lee"

Flying Without Wings Acrylic on canvas 140x60cm 2014

Flying Without Wings Acrylic on canvas 140x60cm 2014

Flying Without Wings is a series of paintings made in 2014 in response to the war on Gaza and the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip via land, air, and sea by Israel since 2007.

In protest against war, in social justice and in humanity I find inspiration.  Music, in all its genres, also feeds my imagination and informs my work. Marvin Gaye's moving 'Whats Going On' is one such example; its lyrics are as relevant today as when they were written nearly fifty years ago.  The following is an extract:

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
What's going on
What's going on
What's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on...

And in the meantime I continue to make art albeit outside my beloved homeland.

 

Flying Without Wings I (in progress) Acrylic on canvas 150x120cm 2014

Flying Without Wings I (in progress) Acrylic on canvas 150x120cm 2014

Flying Without Wings III Acrylic on canvas 150x120cm 2014

Flying Without Wings III Acrylic on canvas 150x120cm 2014

Mariam (series) Acrylic on canvas 120x100cm London 2015.  In tribute to every grieving mother who has lost a loved one through conflict, brutality and violence. My heart aches and connects with all those mothers, in our homelands and beyond, who continue to suffer similar plights to Mariam in our present times.

Mariam (series) Acrylic on canvas 120x100cm London 2015.  In tribute to every grieving mother who has lost a loved one through conflict, brutality and violence. My heart aches and connects with all those mothers, in our homelands and beyond, who continue to suffer similar plights to Mariam in our present times.