News-Scapes                              Kuwait I and II

Kuwait I

Kuwait I and Kuwait II were executed in the dark palette reminiscent of Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) a Luminist painter who focused primarily on views of the Boston coast. Featuring dark foreboding storms, Heade's work may symbolize the post-Civil War trauma of the United States. Kuwait I and II show a literal and apocalyptic post-war trauma.

 

 

 

Kuwait I   2005,  8 x 10",  Oil on board

 

Kuwait II

 

In February 1991, during the first Gulf War, Iraqi forces retreating from Kuwait set fire to more than 700 oil wells. The resulting fires consumed nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil per day, creating one of the greatest man-made toxic hazards of our age.

Reference materials obtained from news photos.

 

 

 

 

                                                     Kuwait II  2005,  8 x 10",  Oil on board

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