This photograph is by Thomas Munita, for the New York Times. There is an article today about street gangs in El Salvador, and the efforts that are being made towards solidifying a peace treaty between rival gangs.
As I sipped my coffee this morning, and looked at this photo, I was just gripped by the intensity of their faces, the despair. As I set about painting in my studio, I haven’t been able to shake the image out of my mind. My question is this: can painting play a role in bringing hope to these men? I have no answers. Just a desire.
I received an email the other day, confirming that my painting of the prisoners will be part of a group show, hanging at a prominent gallery which looks out on Central Park. I’m elated beyond words to have this opportunity, as it is my first major, commercial exhibition.
The thought keeps circling in my mind, and I believe painting can play a role in bringing hope to these men. But how?
“Rescue those being led towards death, hold back those staggering towards slaughter.”