oil on floorboards 1993
This painting, one of several using the ripped up floorboards of my rotting tenement flat in Dundee, was my reaction to a young boy on the news who swore to murder the men who killed his family during the Yugoslavian civil war.
I was horrified to see innocence being ripped from his heart and replaced by revenge and hatred.
Sixteen years on, I wonder how that boy has grown. Who can say if he has made a peaceful life for himself. I hope so.
The red emblem on the hat was a symbol painted on the houses that had been ‘cleansed’ by the murdering armies.

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    BLYTHARTover 5 years ago

    This is real art.

  • Sebastiaan Koenen
    Sebastiaan Koenenover 5 years ago

    Interesting work Stephen!

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyover 5 years ago

    Great Job Stephen

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutover 5 years ago

    what a tragic story.And an extraordinarily brilliant portrayal of it.I love how the painting on each floorboard doesn’t quite match up with the one next to it, it just adds more to the story.I would expect(and be excited) to see this in a collection of great works some day. I can’t praise it enough.

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 5 years ago

    I think Sticky Flower has summed it up beautifully! I truly love your choice of colours… glimmers of hope maybe in that you’ve chosen not to portray this idea in heavy blacks and greys… but rather there are some gorgeous colours here… subdued in some instances but still present… maybe I’m rambling… oh and I love the floorboards too… : ))

  • jakeperslow
    jakeperslowover 5 years ago

    great work Stephen very moving………Jake

  • darkestartist
    darkestartistover 5 years ago

    powerful. amazing. fantastic. well executed.

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghover 5 years ago

    What a thoughtful political peice. The human side of art is often tragic. What did happen to that boy? Sometimes I think we all need to just get stoned and forget about hating each other. Maybe Soma,,,,,, (kidding. I abhor the beast in us and I look to science for an answer). Very nice Stephen

  • Pipewrench67
    Pipewrench67over 5 years ago

    that is intense
    great image

  • synthpaintann
    synthpaintannover 5 years ago


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