Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Mixed media on premium canvas, by Terry Urban.
Size 127 x 96 cm
..is a thought-provoking masterpiece that skillfully blends elements of nostalgia, hope, and cynicism. In the heart of this evocative painting, a child straight out of a 1950s illustration stands as a symbol of innocence and hope, painting a vibrant red peace symbol. It's a poignant homage to the dreams of a generation who longed for world peace.
Behind the child, a luminous black cloud looms, its mysterious and ominous presence suggesting that the child's inspiration may come from the darkness and struggles of the past. The juxtaposition of this bright and hopeful image against the dark cloud invites viewers to reflect on the complex interplay between idealism and the harsh realities of the world.
On the opposite side of the child, a whimsical blue bird soars freely, representing the universal desire for peace and freedom. This bird serves as a beacon of hope, a reminder that despite the challenges, the human spirit persists in seeking harmony and liberation.
The background, a collage of paper wheatpasted onto the canvas, is constructed from documents related to JFK's establishment of the Peace Corps. This collage serves as a historical backdrop, reminding us of the genuine efforts made in the pursuit of peace. It also questions the extent to which these endeavors have succeeded, echoing the painting's title, "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying."
Terry Urban's creation encourages contemplation on the true value of peace and raises the critical question of who is willing to invest in its attainment. The painting's intricate layers and symbolism invite viewers to explore the complex emotions surrounding the pursuit of peace, making it a captivating and thought-provoking work of art.
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