Peer through from beyond the portal

Peer through from beyond the portal (Oil on Canvas 16” x 20”)

Peer through from beyond the portal (Oil on Canvas 16” x 20”)

Ghostly and eerie, this painting looks at a more haunting and uncomfortable side of war, reinforcing the already ever present horror and fear that always accompanies it.

A scary and provoking image, the work stares at the viewer with black empty eyes, leaving what is behind those eyes, very empty and vacant. Perhaps the most stirring fact was that this attire was part of the uniform for soldiers during the First World War as a countermeasure against the use of gas. Unfortunately this unknowingly gave the whole face of war a terrifying and frightening image for decades to come. This is associated with ghostly and insignificant souls going forward to meet an enemy like zombies, their identities forever protected but forgotten by the horrible faces they have to put wear, giving up their own personal identity.

To further enhance the haunting effect, layering, dripping and scratching all play a part in this work, the dripping in particular is effective as this technique puts across a visual indication of one of the vacant eyes crying blood.