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raising your voice during these uncertain times

During several local exhibitions, I was asked to either give a written Explanation or even not to display certain pieces, as they were deemed  'too controversial'..... here are some thoughts about this.....

antidote (economic downturn)

Antidote (economic downturn)

oil on canvas


suicide bombers promise or the big fat Lie

suicide bombers promise, or the big fat lie

oil on canvas


Snowy mountains

Mountains from my memory

Oil on Canvas


Art is to many people different things. From consumable gourmet to the eye, provocation, underlining things as they are, reproducing what's already there, a statement, showing the essence of something, to pointing out the obvious.

Aristocratic family ©MiroAtlamechoTomarkin

While we all follow the news with regards to these uncertain times, not many people make statements, while people get ripped off, democratic values are eroded in the Name of protecting 'democratic freedom'. Is this due to the fear of putting off potential buyers?  Is it justified?

Even in the 'old Days' during repressive Monarchies, many times Artists were allowed to say things, others wouldn't dare  to mention.

Throughout the art world, Painters, Poets, Composers, Writers and Performers felt free enough, to express themselves. And they were listened to, watched,  their work hung up their walls, by the very people they were targeting.

Today the royals and powerful, maybe aren't wearing crowns, at least in most places, but they 'pull the strings' in the same way.Despite all this : I do believe they are very well capable of what we all should be: Being able to laugh about themselves and do the same what monarchs did before them. To enjoy and buy art that takes a satirical view of their own way of life. We as Artists shouldn't shy away from this.

Besides Art, I also studied IT. I was Project manager for many big multinational companies. Due to this I was in a position to choose staff and decide whom to work with. One thing I did not like: People who said 'yes' to everything I suggested. I wanted team players with a mind of their own, contributors, someone who could stand up to me, if i was wrong, or missing something.

In the same way we must not be afraid to raise our voices as artists. There's much more room out there then you might assume.

religious madnes versus common sense, we' re all guilty of it

religious madness vs. common sense, we're all guilty of it

oil on canvas


Posted by Miro Tomarkin on 10/3/11 | tags: figurative conceptual

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