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76

Painting Number

Near Rome

(50cm x 40cm Oil)  December 2023



Just a simple painting of a place I could very happily live in.



 


77

Painting Number

Holden Armenta

(50cm x 40cm Oil)  March 2024



Holden is a keen supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs and regularly attends their games wearing their face-painted colours.

An on-line sports news agency (Deadspin) chose to print another picture taken from the black painted side of his face.

This toxic website then went to town accusing Holden (9 years old), his parents and the stadium of allowing him to commit the ultimate racist sin of wearning black-face.

After the stadium provided the full (honest) picture of Holden, Deadspin only doubled down on the ‘fact’ that Holden had also misappropriated an american-indian headdress, until it was pointed out that Holden had every right to wear it as he actually belongs to the Chumash Tribe.

The article was withdrawn.

 But the damage had already been done!


 


78

Painting Number

Freddie Mushrafi

(40cm x 50cm Oil)  April 2024



I was trying to assemble a classical music playlist for the car and, whilst searching for Albinoni’s Adagio, I happened across the Adagio sung by the Libera Boys Choir as ‘Ave Verum’.


The beautifully shot video of the choir concentrated on the lead singer;

Freddie Mushrafi.


The intro music stopped and the camera focused on the small boy.


And then he began to sing….