The story behind September 11
The second totally abstract painting that I ever did was in response to the horrific events of September 11, 2001. It was started a few hours after the buildings fell and took about two days of intense work to complete. I painted furiously to capture my emotions – which were very intense.
At the time, I was primarily a photorealist painter – but only days before I had just finished my first abstract work of art. I realized there was real power in expressing emotion. I was feeling the horror very intensely of the terrorist attack – I wanted to show that disgust, shock, and horror that I felt.
One of the ideas behind this work is that I wanted to have juxtaposed beauty with ugliness. The beautiful, dynamic, and colorful background – which represents the happiness of all those people who were killed in the attack – has a final red layer – which is a singular and ugly contrast. On top, the red paint runs; it pools it reaches every part of the painting – it symbolizes the loss of life.
Those people were taken from their friends and families in an obscene act of violence. The painting’s subject is an incredibly challenging one. I hope I have done justice to the victims. And I also hope I have conveyed a sense of my anger at the senseless loss of life.
Please note: This painting is on the reverse of ??? Buy this and you technically get two paintings.
Although this painting is to be sold unframed this is what it could look like. It is shown for a better understanding of its size and presence.