July 31, 2015…Just finished my latest painting FERGUSON. I feel that artists should reflect their point time in history every now an then. The FERGUSON painting consists of three panels. The center panel contains portraits that reflect two different views of Michael Brown. One is a young innocent kid who was killed by a racist cop. The second an older Michael who was considered a thug…a bully a menace to society. The panels to the left and right of the center panel each show the two dramatically different trains of thought of what happened in Ferguson. The left images show a crying mother surrounded by military cops who threaten, gas and kill blacks. The right panel shows an angry family fanning the flames for opportunists, looters, and arsonists to destroy a town. I’m not asking the viewer of the painting to agree or disagree with either side, but just to acknowledge that their are many sides to the story. The Ferguson story is not just about Ferguson but about the state of race relations in our country and around the world. It also asks many questions about the impact of education, opportunity and family values on our youth and the future of our society. If my painting starts conversations about these issues then I have accomplished my purpose as an artist at this point in my time.

The painting is on display at Art By:Grzyb Gallery/Studio, 133 South Central in Old Town Eureka, MO.

    FERGUSON FAR LEFT PANEL

 FERGUSON PANTING FULL

 

 

 

FERGUSON RIGHT 1

FERGUSON FAR RIGHT PANEL

FERGUSON CENTER PANELFERGUSON LEFT PANELFERGUSON FAR LEFT PANEL