Oil on canvas, 139cm x 177cm (2013)
O Yemi : "Like some of the old art masters Delacroix and Goya, who spoke about social and political upheavals of their time in their works, O Yemi uses this painting to speak about American involvement in most of the wars going on around the world at this time. “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art” so said Paul Cezanne. O Yemi was emotionally moved to pick up his brushes again by the horrors of war seen on television to do this painting.
This work was done in oil. O Yemi used a Giant American Bald Eagle as a Chinook war plane to carry American soldiers into the war front. At the background of the painting, soldiers are parachuting down from war planes and shown below are burning houses and a burning armoured tank. On the left middle ground is the soft side of an American soldier, sobbing on a dead Iraqi baby wrapped in a blanket. Beside the sobbing soldier are American soldiers leading away the natives accused of terrorism. Next to this are NATO forces engaging the insurgents in battle while the man in a blue shirt, an innocent causality of war, is lying on the ground in front of the NATO forces.
The images in the foreground convey the main message of the painting. O Yemi painted three women - A Syrian, an Afghan and an American, all feeeling the horrors of war. Since the horrors of war affect everyone, O Yemi uses this painting to advocate for happiness and peace for every member of the human race. Americans’ dream of peace and pursuit of happiness should be for the whole human race."