"I have always had a fascination with religion in all forms and in all faiths. The crucifix symbol is often repeated in my paintings. Why you might ask? Unfortunately, I will have to address that another day, as I am not entirely certain. I am however certain of the paradoxical nature of religion, which was at the root of my inspiration for this painting.
Throughout history, religion has served as a catalyst for both good and (for argument sake) 'evil'. 'W.A.R.', an acronym for World Affairs Report, was inspired by the negative aspects of religion. I began this piece without a plan or reference and began working intuitively from a monochromatic red background which had varying tones. For my colour palette, I chose vivid, visually appealing colours and began to paint the figures, guided by the varying tones in the background. I was amazed when the figures began to take shape as their gnarling faces and powerful eyes gazed back at me.
By choosing a bright, vivacious colour palette, I realized I had essentially created an oxymoron, a beautiful 'W.A.R.' This ultimately reiterated my initial inspiration, being that of the paradoxical nature of religion. " - Stewart Stephenson
W.A.R. (World Affairs Report), 2013
MIXED MEDIA (OIL, ACRYLIC & EPOXY RESIN) ON BOARD, 48 X 96 IN / 122 X 243 CM
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