This is incredible! I can see the messages in this, but I don't have the ability to illustrate work such as this myself, so I'm even more impressed by your skills and thoughts.
I love that you used different parts of the American flag with similar colors of bandannas to represent each party. The rope they're standing on is a powerful part of this, as it shows what a fine line they're walking, not only with each other, but with our country, and planet. The weapons show their true intentions and the bandannas hiding their faces show that they know what they're doing is wrong and are either fearful of the consequences of being exposed as the harbinger of their intentions, or they're just know that what they're doing is wrong and are shameful of it (those are MY two interpretations, anyway). The storm rising rapidly behind them makes it much more intense than if it weren't there and adds the element of urgency and the feeling of war coming.
Awesome political piece that really says alot without overpowering the eyes. I love the use of the red and blue bandanas (and I'm not sure if it's intentional but I also liked the red bandana, white sky then blue bandana..representing the red white and blue of course )
As I said, awesome imagery with the tight rope and arms tucked behind their backs with their fingers crossed. This is definitely a fav.
I'm sorry to say I can't let this piece be too exposed. I wish I could. (Cause hey, it's all advertizement, right?) But the owner of the original is a collector who will be showing it in his gallery and hopes to show it in other galleries. So, we are keeping the image a little close to home right now. But thanks for the compliment. I hope album covers are in my future.
I'm reminded of so many conflicts - not just stars vs. stripes, or democrats vs. republicans, but also the gang wars in our country. Also, y'know, the silly but ever-amusing Red vs. Blue. It's a stunning painting, really.
Thanks for the interest. This piece was simpler in the beginning but it refused to be finished. Every time I thought it was done...I had to paint another gun on one side...then had to balance it with another on the other side. What inspired it? ...how often we don't recognize ourselves in others. It looks like a polarization of opposites, but notice how the two men look almost identical. They have the same number of guns. They are equals in every way and standing on a tight-rope. If one wins they both win, if one loses, they both lose. Is the hand-shake a lie or a new beginning? You get to choose.