Painting this photograph by Larry Burrows will be my first piece of 2016 and epitomises my theme for this year…to highlight the importance of the relationship between man and animal.
I’ve chosen this picture as it just seems so relevant – it was taken by the British war photographer during the Battle of Khe Sahn, Vietnam, in 1968, a conflict that America really had no grounds to get involved in…a recurring theme it seems these days.
Larry Burrows’ work featured often in Time magazine throughout the war, although tragically he was killed in 1971 when the helicopter he was travelling in was shot down over Laos.
I don’t know the identity of the soldier or what happened to him and his little companion but his expression and his protective cradling of the puppy says to me that he was certainly fearful for both their sakes.
I’m going to paint over this piece that I knocked up one night in October when I was feeling down after inadvertently clicking on an execution video online. I don’t NEED to paint over it but I want to because it’s creation and it’s reason resonates in the piece I’m going to go over it with…