Sunday, 18 May 2008

More in the Africa series

Title: Africa weeps for her children

Size: 400 x 400 mm


Title: Beacon of Hope: Food aid arrives
Size: 1500 x 1000 mm
Title: Here comes the food drop
Size: 400 x 400 mm
I guess with kids in Sudan right now, recently under attack, and my sister in Zimbabwe, on the knife edge of botched elections and a mad dictator exacting revenge from anyone who might have voted for the opposition, it is only natural to be a bit pre-occupied about what is happening in Africa.
It is such a place of contradictions, and I love it deeply, with its wonderful vibrancy and warmth, and its stunning richness of scenery, cultures, wildlife etc. But it would be naive to see it totally through rose coloured spectacles and fail to acknowledge the deep problems in the continent............ (mmmmmm, just realised that must make our state president, Thabo "there is no crisis in Zimbabwe" Mbeki VERY naive!!)
This concern seems to be expressing itself on canvas, and I have been doing a series lately, expressing something of the hopelessness of so many in Africa, particularly the women and children, and refugees, and those who depend on outsiders to drop food for their survival.


CJ said...

"Beacon of Hope" should be hanging in the UN, somewhere very prominent! I'm not a political animal but this painting speaks volumes...

T.R. said...

These are stunning as well as your narrative. I would be very interested to know the price of either one of these.

I spent quite a bit of time in SA in the mid '90's and met some remarkable people effecting great changes then. And there is nothing finer than a morning in Mpumalanga (sp).

For the quote, I live in the US.



Suzi-k said...

Thanks guys, glad you like them. I am really enjoying this new direction, and a chance to make a bit of a statement rather than just producing eye candy.

Dina said...

My first time over on THIS blog of yours. Your artwork is beautiful.
Your "situation" (as we call our security mess here in Israel) down there sounds not good at all.
Praying for better days.

babooshka said...

Your artwork is quite stunning and your text with each post reads so beautifully. A real pleausre and great interest to spend some virtual time here.

Steven and Aisha said...

Beautiful paintings but sad story of Africa. You've really portrayed them into your painting.


I love all the emotion I feel and the beauty when looking at your pictures. I admire your talent.

Suzi-k said...

:) thank you