How did this painting evolve?
Originally, I had signed the painting about 2 layers before this, but was dissatisfied. The colors were overly dark after applying a beautiful dark purple, so I was definitely not satisfied. At that point, I did large white streaks of paint over the entire work and thought I had destroyed it. Luckily, I had used fairly thinned out white paint. Then I put in the final white edges.
Did you have a particular inspiration?
Yes, I had just finished the interview of Don Clausen and seen 100s of his paintings at his house. He has a bold style with black and white strokes using venetian blinds. I was directly inspired by his style from 2000 to 2013. www.donclausen.com
So what is the title about?
I thought of Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite aka TNT. His major invention turned about to be a major destructive force in WWI, so newsmen labelled him the “Merchant of Death”. Upon hearing this unjust naming, Nobel decided to recreate his will to use most of his wealth to create the Nobel foundation in charge of the Nobel Peace Prize.
His invention of this highly desired prize stimulated the drive of pacifism worldwide and help expose injustice in autocracies everywhere. Famous winners include Martin Luther King Jr., Obama and Liu Xiabo. http://www.charter08.com/
What do you think about China denying Liu Xiabo the chance to accept the award?
Really, it shows what type of government it truly is. The other governments holding back Nobel Peace prize winners include the military dictatorship of Myanmar and Nazi Germany. This just shows how little they respect human rights and how fearful they are of non-government figures being recognized as leaders.