George Gittoes, white earth

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George Gittoes' art piece, White Earth is a dramatic oil on canvas depicting the political corruption a 15 year old boy had been pressured into.

Gittoes, the renowned Australian artist has always created his pieces by inspiration of his life experiences. He has an immense passion for art and humanity so being an eye witness to suffrage of humanity all over the world is conveyed in his work.

White Earth is another successful and captivating work. Gittoes was witness to an Afrikaaner - Weerstands Beweging (AWB) Rally in South Africa of April 1994, where he saw a 15 year old boy submerged in the propaganda of Nazi in youths. The young boy gets on the stage silent with resentment as photographers begin to infinitely snap at him. Gittoes' sympathy for the boy is emphasized as he retells them "raping and torturing" him. Too young to understand the political corruption he is stuck between being used by the ABW and being tortured by the international press.

Trapped, as the victim of this controversial saga, his only escape is to close his eyes, however it is impossible to close his to ears to the Hate Speech delivered by Terre Blanche. Gittoes sympathized for his entrapment and compelling distressed state, so he depicts and dramatically distorts this experience through the art piece, White Earth.

Being one to love expressionism, his passion for it gives meaning to convey and express emotions and feelings. He exaggerates the boy giving specific detail and emphasis to his ears. The distortion of his ears expresses the impossibility of closing his now larger ears. The figure to the right is racist Terre Blanche driving the propaganda into him, taking advantage of his naïve and young position.

Distinct lines and vibrant colours on the boys face determine his...