Acrylic, collage and wax on canvas, 71 cm x 56 cm, 2019.
Jason : " I was inspired to paint this portrait by the text quoted below from the Red Line Art Works website." (It is in paragraphs 16-22 here
“In the UK the whole of the country’s mainstream press and media supported the UK government’s decision (which it built with its own lies, deceptions and a ‘Dodgy Dossier’) to join in a Coalition with the US to launch the war against Iraq in March 2003. All of the mainstream press and media gave their support to the government’s decision, even though the United Nations at the time clearly stated : (a) it would be illegal to go to war, and (b) the UN’s weapons inspection team confirmed that Iraq had no ‘weapons of mass destruction’.
Once the US and UK launched this war hundreds of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children were then killed, along with thousands of Coalition personnel. Although the US ‘withdrew’ in 2011 this conflict continued and the US rejoined the conflict in 2014 as the head of a new Coalition. It has now lasted more than three times longer than World War Two.
The Iraq war remains illegal to this day. It has involved war crimes and crimes against humanity which the International Criminal Court has not (so far) dealt with. It has not even challenged those political leaders of the US (Bush) and the UK (Blair) who launched and conducted this illegal war ..."
"... The world also needs Truthtellers in the Arts more than ever before. Red Line Art Works exists to encourage those artists and to show their work to the world."
Jason : "My portrait is of a man, probably a spectator of this horrible show, thinking about the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who died during the war. By putting his left hand on his face he recognizes that in a way he supported this genocide and in his mind are coming images of kids, places and memories in the form of scribbles and infantile drawings that remind him that all is gone - ghosts permeating his soul. As a result his skin color is dripping from his face making him unrecognizable and anonymous, which represents each one of us who was impassive in front of this injustice."