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Pains of 2020

Pains of 2020 SOLD

Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas

Can we imagine as a grown man

6 foot 5 in stature

Reaching the point that we know is of no return.

Seeing the woman who gave birth to you, nurtured you and others,
calling you and telling you it’s ok to come.

So you call out - “Mama”
Because your assailant won’t hear your cry.
Continues air for you to deny....
Nonchalant-kneeling, may as well be whistling.
On George Floyd!

In pains that go beyond boundaries and structures
A killing that transcends racial barriers of which there really are none
Permits disregard for the corona that hovers through worldwide protests
Unifying a cry that Black lives do matter. The true hope is that it’s a concrete given that ALL lives matter.
For if that truly rings solid and not hollow
What a chance we have.

Capturing the grief and anguish etched in a face.
Black and white, as in 'Guernica', is old. But black and white is real!
Meanwhile the author of the lockdown in the UK is lurking. He too nonchalant.
Whilst the final true recognition of the gift of the NHS, is reflected in splashes and strokes of rainbow symbolism.

The backdrop are the closed blinds of international prescription, during the painful months and months of the year - 2020.

"Pains of 2020" A commission

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