• Saatchi Art Artist Mark Vallen; Drawing, “Not Our Children, Not Their Children” #art
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    "Not Our Children, Not Their Children" - Detail of child's face
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    "Not Our Children, Not Their Children" - Detail of war ruins
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    Close-up of the drawing's deckled edge paper, along with the gray mat board and black wooden frame.
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"Not Our Children, Not Their Children"


United States

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Size: 22 H x 20 W x 1 in

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Art Description

Drawing: Pencil on Paper.

I created this drawing as the first bombs of the U.S. 'Shock and Awe' invasion of Iraq began falling on Baghdad in March of 2003. I circulated my artwork on the streets of Los Angeles as an antiwar flyer, and later distributed a free online digital version to the international community as a free download. My artwork was eventually published in the 2004 book, Peace Signs - The Anti-War Movement Illustrated, a collection of international artworks in opposition to the war on Iraq.

"Not Our Children, Not Their Children" was created using black color pencils on textured handmade paper, producing an artwork that looks like a classical lithographic print.

The drawing was exhibited at San Francisco's Meridian Gallery from Sept. 4th, 2008, through Nov. 4th, 2008, during the gallery's War & Empire exhibit. The group show had as its theme the state of democracy in the U.S. as well as the military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. The exhibit featured over 40 artists, including Fernando Botero, Guy Colwell, Gee Vaucher and Patrick Oliphant.

Keywords: portrait, black and white , Social Realism, protest art, drawing

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