Oil on canvas. 2018.
O Yemi : "Most of my recent paintings are about political and social issues around the world. My concern about these issues influences me to do most of my recent paintings. This painting was influenced by the exchange of missiles of words between the president of USA, Donald Trump and North Korea’s president Kim Jong Un.
Nuclear holocaust is not a laughing matter. But what can we do when we have three eccentric world leaders teasing each other and the world with their nuclear arsenals?
'He will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into ploughs and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again. (Isaiah 2:4).
People of the world, welcome to the Nuclear Arena. Welcome to the on-going-fight-to-death between two formidable opponents. In the blue corner is the American Eagle, Americans’ Nightmare, Mr Garbage-Mouth, Psychopath, Ego-maniac. Raise the roof for the Pain-in-the-butt of the world Dumb J Trump and in the red corner is the Iron-Man, Soviet-never-die, Polar Bear Putin of Russia. Wait! Wait! a minute; here comes the new kid on the block. The crooked-hair-cut, boy wonder Kim Jong Un of North Korea. Lo!
Since World War II, America and Russia have been dancing around each other and shadow-boxing each other. Too chicken to attack each other, they influence wars in other nations by being on the opposing sides of the conflict causing death and destruction.
North Korea now enters the ring; frantically testing and trying their long range nuclear missiles to reach American cities.
In the boxing ring, are three chickens painted with the flags of America, North Korea and Russia with nuclear missiles on their backs exchanging missiles of words. Within the boxing ring is the iconic Syrian boy dug out of the rubble of his house; too numbed to cry. He represents the many victims of wars influenced by the so called 'Superpowers'. Waiting on the ropes are two vultures with Kalashnikov rifles representing Islamic State terrorists. Islamic State terrorists are not strong enough to bring down a government. They are only scavenging on the nations that have already been destroyed by the super powers, as they did in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. In the background of this painting, is the iCAN banner; “No More War” to commemorate the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to iCAN in 2017.
The dream of the artist, of this painting is that there will be no more wars. That nations will no longer rise up against each other and that the weapons of war will be turned into agricultural equipment."