Description On February 15th the people of Libya stood up for democracy and an end to 42 years of dictatorship. All towns have fallen except the capitol. Gaddafi in desperation has bombed, sniped and machined gunned down his own people. Hopefully his end is near. Roughly 10-20% of Libyans work in surveillance, which are actively kidnapping and torturing its own citizens. Gaddafi still has 10 tons of mustard gas, which he could use on his own people.Quotes by Gaddafi: 'It is the Libyan people's responsibility to liquidate such scums who are distorting Libya's image abroad.', 1982'When one carries weapons against the state, he must be sentenced to death, plotting against the government, the sentence is death, attacking the sovereignty of Libya is also a sentence of death... I have a gun and I will fight to the end' - March 2011Gaddafi's son:'Soon you will discover that what you have heard in Libya was just a big joke. A very big joke. Here in Libya we were laughing about those reports about hundreds and thousands of casualties, bombing Tripoli and Benghazi and Zawiya or whatever, about mercenaries,', Feb 2011'Plan A is to live and die in Libya, Plan B is to live and die in Libya, Plan C is to live and die in Libya...'On October 20, 2011 Gaddafi was captured and shot on site. He was buried in an unmarked grave.
Shawn Shawn, San Francisco Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement CHILDHOOD: My earliest experiences were creating huge multi-room drawing shoot strategy games in 5th grade on graph paper and getting the game so popular it was banned in school. By Jr. High, I was stenciling all the 70s-80s bands, Led Zepellin, ACDC, Black Sabbath and popular arcade games lettering on my notebooks although I had not a dime to buy one album. Later we dove into Dungeons and Dragons, creating monster cave scenarios that lasted 2 hours minimum in high school until some kid committed suicide and my partner was forced to sell all his D&D books. In college I painted and drew and ended with a BA in History and Spanish with minors in Art History and Fine Art.
TRAVEL: Then I went to Poland, seeing the Berlin Wall fall behind the Iron Curtain. Studying abroad in Poland I was exposed to on the anti-communist, anti-fascist painting and theatre posters. Off to Spain to study Spanish in 1993-94, where I studied Spanish masters 1 year in the Prado Museum along with Spanish Islamic architecture also studied by M.C. Escher. One of my favorite pieces in the Prado is the Garden of Heavenly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch in demonic Flemish fashion capturing the madness of religious wars at the time. A close second is the Guernica by Picasso in the Modern Art Museum also in Madrid covering the first fascist bombing of a city with no military targets.
MY WORK: In my work I try to work with a craftsmanship discipline and remain fresh with various techniques. Recently, I developed my angularity style and am branching out into acrylic, which has its advantages and shortfalls to oil.