Ukraine

Infusing art with ethics and values and a sense of justice is difficult. Current events work in progress aims to integrate art with news / commentary as we struggle to make sense of irrational acts that irreparably harms those it touches.

The focus of the following series of works is on the tragedy unfolding in the Ukraine. For background, see Krugman’s take on Ukraine’s history in his NY Times article “Odessa and the Ukraine That Should Have Been.” March 22, 2022

Red Morning 2022-06-26

Red Morning

 

 

Night Terrors 2022-06-23

Night Terrors

Night Terrors evolved from painting over the ugliness of "The Long Table" directly below to adding an overlay of reds and yellows depicting Russia's incessant bombing of Ukraine cities flattening them to nothingness.

04-28-2022, acrylic on canvas, 48x60x1.5

The Long Table, 2022-04-28

The Long Table

This piece takes off from the many pictures of Putin isolating himself at the end of a long table combined with news of Putin's displeasure with his advisers over how his war is going in the Ukraine. "Biden says Putin may have fired some advisers or put them under house arrest." This painting could also have been included as a part of the Relationships Series.

04-28-2022, acrylic on canvas, 48x60x1.5

Elimination 2022-04-20 rotate 270

Elimination

The Final Solution?

O4-17-22: Russia's Ministry of Defense called on the Ukrainian soldiers still in Mariupol to lay down arms surrender by 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, warning anyone still resisting after the deadline "will be eliminated." It also said trapped "foreign mercenaries who joined the Ukrainian forces," including Europeans and Canadians, "will be eliminated" if there is further resistance.

04-20-2022, acrylic on canvas, 48x60x1.5

Ukraine Tragedy

"Land and Sea Impressions" after Moskva warship sinks in Black Sea followed by Russia bombing Kyiv factory.

04-16-2022, acrylic on canvas, 36x48x1.5

Disinformation 2022-04-05

Disinformation

The world watches in disbelief, horror and sorrow as Putin obfuscates, lies and spreads disinformation.

The stylized darkened sun, crudely over-painted in yellow, surrounded by white paint on white canvas, depicts white-washing of the reality in Ukraine. Photo credit: Newsweek

04-05-2022, collage on canvas, 24x36

Not A Handshake 2022-03-23
TRUTH: @ARTHOUSE NYC Curated and Digital 2022-06-26
TRUTH: @ARTHOUSE NYC Curated and Digital 2022-06-26

Not A Handshake

Is peace possible without trust?

In the center of the piece is a xerox copy of the artist's hand illustrating the failure for Russia and Ukraine to connect or find any agreement that would bring an end to the war.

03-23-2022, collage on canvas, 24x36

Respite Outside 2022-03-21
Courtesy of NorthStar Asset Management, Inc. of Boston

Respite

Respite takes a trip to a mythical island; feeling the need for Shelter From the Storm and the unending suffering of Ukraine. This work also figures in Abstracts and could have been included in Landscapes.

03-22-2022, mixed media on canvas, 36x48x1.5

 

Day 27 Debris
Debris
de·bris
/dəˈbrē,ˌdāˈbrē/
 
noun
scattered pieces of waste or remains.
"the bomb hits it, showering debris from all sides"
 
03-23-2022, oil on watercolor paper, 22x30
Blown Apart 1 2022-03-2
Blown Apart

The fragmented look represents the demolition of Ukrainian buildings, city and the country as Russian forces shell civilians.

03-22-2022, oil on watercolor paper, 22x30

Demarcation Line
The Corporate Art Loan Program at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

 

Demarcation Line

Biden warns Russia will pay a 'severe price' if it uses chemical weapons in Ukraine, even as Russian bombing of eastern Ukraine moves west.

Inspiration for the blue "demarcation line" came from a picture of "construction materials shot by drone" in Hong Kong; as technology blurs the line between landscapes (horizontal view) and geography (top down view) in our collective and global consciousness. Demolition of cities represented in the upper right. Green and yellow represent the winter and spring wheat that might not be harvested this year.

03-15-2022, oil on canvas, 36x48x1.5

Increasingly Isolated, Putin sees his own reflection 2022-03-06
The Corporate Art Loan Program at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Increasingly Isolated

The work began as a representation of the relationship between a mother and her daughter's struggle for independence and morphed into a representation of Putin's belief in Russia's right to control the Ukraine through violence. The hard bar(s) act as edges of a mirror in which Putin sees only his own reflection as he continues his terror campaign bombing of Ukraine. White corners (fog of war) encroach upon the image as Putin's tunnel vision continues to narrow. This painting also figures as a part of the Relationships Series.

03-06-2022, acrylic on canvas, 36x36x1.5

Russia Invades Ukraine

Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Day 8
Day 8

Russia's onslaught on Ukraine gives way - from faint hope to increasing darkness as Russian forces circle Kyiv.

03-16-2022, oil on watercolor paper, 30x22

 

 

 

Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Day 6
Day 6

"There are no winners from a war of aggression." Economic costs discussed in NY Times article by Paul Krugman.

03-16-2022, oil on watercolor paper, 30x22