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The Russians

- Art by Xander Berkeley

The Russians: (aka; governments run amuck) This series is based on a composite photograph which appeared on the cover of the magazine section of the Sunday NY Times. 17 portraits of 'counter revolutionaries', innocent victims of Joseph Stalin's Purges. Photographed by his secret police immediately prior to taking them out and shooting them. The paintings attempt to honor those whose lives were so abruptly cut short. They demonstrate the moment and the presence that is evoked when confronting one's mortality. They are a testament to the pureness of the human spirit, rising up through the tangled web of conflicted feelings, always moving in currents beneath the surface.