I remember seeing a famous Times Magazine that wrote about a trend of 1960s theologians to write God out of the field of theology. Times were changing and Modern Science seemed to have had eliminated the need for religion to explain the natural world, and God took up less and less space in people’s daily lives. The question asked was “Is God Dead?”. I saw this question from a completely different angle, I saw it as asking how God can exist when we are doing such evil things to our fellow human beings? This question grabbed my heart and I felt the feeling of strangulation when I saw these three words.
This question took me to my thoughts of Syria and seeing the thousands of lost, shattered and bewildered faces of the children of Syria who have had to endure relentless bombing. They were seen as collateral damage, less important than power and money. I also remember seeing a drawing by a Syrian child of his thoughts of this war and I copied this drawing creating a painted tattoo on the boys chest, a scar that will stay with the child forever.
I wanted to paint "Syria" in a realism style using oil paints on canvas. I wanted to create a documentary of the consequences of war.
I primed the canvas in red paint and started building the layers of the oil painting initially using large brushes and gradually decreasing the size of the brushes until I used single hair brushes for the smallest of detail.
"Syria" is an original oil painting and it is unique as there are no prints. The painting will come with a signed certificate of authenticity and is framed in a hand crafted frame and it will be tracked and insured during delivery.
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About the Artist
British artist James Earley is one of the worlds leading Hyperrealism Artists. James first came to prominence in 2013 when he was chosen to be a part of The Art Investors’ acclaimed 2013 “Seven Artists Exhibition”, this exhibition was held at London’s Strand Gallery and focused on 7 of the...