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Nashville International Airport > Art & Music > Exhibits > James Makuac - The disease of the innocent is war

James Makuac - The disease of the innocent is war

James Makuac

BNA, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 40"

June 6, 2016 - August 28, 2016
Concourse C, Across from Gates 10 and 13

“I have been painting pictures since the time I lived at Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. I began my practice by painting on rocks, scraps of paper and discarded wood. Now, with close access to an art supply store, I use nice canvas and good acrylic paints. My paintings are from memories of my life in Africa and my experiences of life in the United States.

“I paint scenes of war and terror from my past. It is important to remind people of the harsh realities and suffering that exist in other parts of the world. I paint pictures of the beautiful landscapes that I remember and the moon and stars at night, which we followed and believed would lead us to a place of safety. I like to think about the wonders of the natural world and good things that the earth provides.

“I am interested in mechanics and machines like cars and airplanes. These have become symbols of my new life. They transported me away from the heartbreaks and ravages of war, to a new home where I have hopes and dreams, and it is possible to set goals. My overall ambition is to tell the
world, through my art, the story of The Lost Boys of Sudan.

“Through my art, I want to remember the children, the innocent victims of war. I hope that my art might reflect upon a more universal theme and speak for all people who suffer through war and oppression.”
James Makuac
jameskuolmakuac.tumblr.com

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