This piece was created from a web photograph of a US infantryman in full combat gear with his assault rifle slung by his side, playing pool with Iraqi civilians, while a small boy watches the game. As a result of the use of this external source the piece is not for sale.
This piece is one of a series of mixed media pieces created as a personal response to the violent events of the Iraq War and its bloody postscript.
This series is not intended as a partisan political statement, but rather as a purely humanitarian and reflective one. The images represent views from behind dirt, bomb and blood splattered glass, and through the strange beauty this creates commemorate those who have died, or suffered loss, in this messy conflict. We are also reduced to viewing such conflicts through the 'window' of the media, and this is another aspect of these works.[CLICK ON THE IMAGES FOR LARGER FORMAT VERSIONS]
I am a 'New Media' Artist and Photographer living and working in Bath. Starting as a conventional media artist (waterclours, acrylics, pen and ink etc) in recent years I have moved completely into the field of digital and new media fine arts. My works are created from under paintings drawn in a variety of sources - ranging from traditional mediums (watercolours, acrylics, inks etc) - to photographs, and original digital images, all of which are recomposed and/or finished digitally. I am convinced that the web is the key to the democratic future of the visual arts. I get much positive critical feedback from buyers of my art, and visitors to my on-line art sites, which together receive millions of hits each year. I also use the virtual environment to share critiques and associate with an international group of fellow artists, collectors and art lovers.The subjects and styles I employ in my art and photography range ascoss the entire face of modernism and incorporate elements of conceptual art.I am a member of the 'For Now' group of artists in Bath. David Lewis-BakerBath UK 2009David Lewis-Baker's Flickr Fine Art Site: http://www.flickr.com/people/david_lewis_baker_arts/BRLSI Solo Exhibition: http://www.brlsi.org/exhibs/0907%20lewis-baker/Art Gallery.co.uk site: http://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/david_lewis-baker_2Selling Site: http://www.yessy.com/DavidBaker/
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||Oh wow, this is wonderful. Such complexity and such a contrast..the soft beauty is so luscious contrasting with the subject matter. Mmmmmmmm.