Booming Business

I've been entertaining the idea of drawing pillars of smoke ever since the forest fires raging in the south of Europe, a few years back. The similarity to the tree patterns is obvious, but I forgot about it. Until the war in Ukraine, when footage from right after bombings and missile hits came through. I was kind of scared and certainly angry, since before our eyes a very old pattern of aggression and aggrevation started unfolding again – the images don't differ from earlier wars. And it's not at all limited to Ukraine. It will never stop, it's a booming business.

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Crimea, Ukraine 2022. Gouache and pencil on plano popsicle packaging (inside), 41,5 x 28 cm.

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Sana'a, Yemen (airstrike) 2015. Pencil and tape on plano sugar packaging (inside), 36 x 26 cm.

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Pearl Harbor, USA, 1941. Pencil on plano wheat cracker box (inside), 47 x 33,5 cm.

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Belgorod (ammunition depot, 2022), Russia. Pencil on plano salt packaging (inside), 32 x 25 cm., 2022  (SOLD - private collection)

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Daraya, Syria (barrel bomb, 2016). Pencil and tape on plano tea packaging (inside), 24,5 x 19 cm., 2022 (SOLD - private collection)

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Kyiv, Ukraine (2022). Pencil on slightly modified rice packaging (inside), 35 x 27,5 cm., 2022  (SOLD - private collection)

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Severodonetsk, Ukraine (2022). Pencil on plano chocolate packaging (inside), 23,5 x 25,5 cm., 2022  (RESERVED)