EUOF: in progress. Click to see in separate window.

This started as a fully realized B&W image, but now putting it in color adds a lot of dimension to it, and it’s become even more Expressionistic, which is not something I’m fashionably against. I like music that has guts, feelings, blood, and tells a story, so why shouldn’t I like art that does the same? Very soon I’ll be ready to take it into the painting mode. Sadly, as I’ve mentioned before, this makes social commentary on our troubled state of the world right now.

Below is the original B&W version for comparison.

Excessive Use Of Force
EUOF, original B&W version.

And here are a few notable influences, which once I point them out will be kinda’ – why didn’t I think of that – obvious.

Massacre in Korea, 1951, by Picasso.


The Third of May, 1808, by Goya.


The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, 1869, by Manet.

And another image, which made a very big impression on me when I was a kid and I saw it in the record store.

Cover of Queen’s News of the Word, 1977, by Frank Kelly Freas.

I used the drop of blood on the finger concept on my robot as well, though mine doesn’t have any misgivings about the horror he’s perpetrated.

~ Ends

Your humble independent artist stationed in Siem Reap

7 replies on “Work in Progress: EUOF

  1. Love this piece. I actually saw those Picasso pieces at the de Young Museum in San Francisco a few years ago. That is where I stayed the entire exhibition. Looking at those paintings. And up till then, I thought his Guernicia painting was the best anti war statement I’d ever seen!

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  2. Ah – I can see where your interest in the 1% oligarchs comes from better. The robot carries, of course, a boxful of metaphors. Don’t know if you’ve heard of this guy?
    He came up with the term ‘robot’ in this play:
    There’s a strong streak of Goya to what you’ve posted above. I’ve seen some prints from the tragedies of war series. Pretty grim. They have to be viewed in low light for preservation purposes. This only adds more gloom.


    1. I didn’t know the origin of “robot”, thanks. As much as I’d think I’d like Goya, I’m not really a fan. I may need to see more of them in person. For whatever reason, his technique just doesn’t appeal to my eye as much as other painters.


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