Friday 16 January 2015

The Rising Tide of Freedom

You know what? I used to be worried that my painting, unlike my writing, which is pretty much a mix, is too political. And then tonight I had an epiphany.

All painting is political. Even if you're painting, say, a flower or a river or a nude (and don't for a moment imagine I'm incapable of those) you're being political, simply because you're choosing not to paint things which might be of more immediate importance in the world around you. So you're political either way, by omission if not by commission.

Anyway, here's The Rising Tide of Freedom, watercolour and acrylic on paper. Copyright, as usual, B Purkayastha, 2015.

You're welcome.


  1. I like your picture very much. It's vibrant and dynamic.

    Have to think about your statement that pictures of flowers or nude [are not] "of more immediate importance in the world around you." I've garbled that, I think, but man does not live by bread alone. There must be flowers too.

  2. Bill, if this painting is freedom, I for one am not so sure I want this freedom. I have seen and even called in airstrikes, Vietnam vet remember? What is left after such an attack, well, I won't be posting that here. It would be banned for sure. Also, it would make many readers quite ill. Trust me as one who has seen the aftermath of more than a few airstrikes over 40 years ago. Now days they must be even more devastating.
    Sorry to be so long winded on this topic. Your painting woke up a few memories.

    1. Obviously, the title is meant to be taken ironically, Charlie.


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