Acrylic on 60x80cm white canvas.
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This is the first work of my political art project. Having shown the work to an array of Russians and non-Russians alike, the reaction to it is mixed politically.
I was surprised a few of the reactions were of fear that I made something that appeared to them negative of Vladimir Putin. To me the intention of the work is clear, Putin is a force to be reckoned with, and those foolish enough to stand in his way will regret they ever did.
Now of course most people (especially in the West) associate artists with liberal minded thinking and Vladimir Putin with a strong form of leadership would automatically offend my belief system, and that since I now choose to live abroad I must have some problem with Russia. This is fallacious logic down a slippery slope that is entirely untrue!
I have an admiration for Vladimir Putin, and feel he is doing his best every day to promote Russia’s interests with dignity and honor. Far from the hubristic stereotypes levied on him by ignorant Western media, Putin is a down to earth and likable personality. No, he can’t solve all of the problems in the world, but he can defend our motherland and raise her profile. I could not imagine a better leader for Russia at this time, I really couldn’t.
Imagine Russia with a leader like Obama, or David Cameron…you would laugh out loud at that joke. Do you laugh at Vladimir Putin? I think nobody does because he has earned enough respect not to be.
Did you see Obama cleaning up the oil spill? No. Did you see Gordon Brown doing, well, anything? What percent of people know who is the head of state of Canada? Well everyone knows Vladimir Putin, and that he means what he says when he says it. When disaster struck in the summer of 2010 he was there putting out the fires himself. That should always remind you, Don’t Play With Fire!
Work Details: Acrylic on 60x80cm white canvas.