Mix media Illustration Artworks
Anthony Freda is an award-winning illustrator. His work has appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, New Yorker, Esquire, New York Times, The Voice, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, and many others.
“I’m just an artist trying to make sense of the world, using my art as a vehicle to channel the passion I feel about the injustice I see everywhere. I have been accused of creating art that is somehow Un-American. That assessment is not accurate and completely misses the point of my work. I feel privileged to have been born in this country and I cherish the notion of personal freedom that America was founded on. I am pointing a finger at those who enact policies that destroy our freedoms and start wars that needlessly kill Americans and innocents abroad. Their agenda does not represent my idea of what this country stands for. Our ‘officials’ are not America, We are. I thought I’d use the opportunity to comment on issues that are beyond the stuff of children’s nightmares. The nightmares that keep me up at night are squarely based in current reality. The mass shooting that occurred last night is just one manifestation of a profoundly sick society.” – Anthony Freda’ Statement
Anthony Freda explain some of artworks:
K is for Killer:
Our children play first person shooter games from an early age based on technology originally designed by the military to de-sensitize soldiers to killing people. Most people have a natural aversion to slaughter, so hundreds of hours at the trigger shooting simulated human targets helps make murder a fun and mundane activity.
Our leaders get together every “Terror Tuesday”and pick a ‘baseball card’ from their kill list to be the lucky recipient of a Hellfire Missile launched from a Predator Drone. The names are picked by the same intelligence agencies who told us WMD’s in Iraq were a “Slam Dunk”. The targets are, of course. denied any charges, trial or defense. Why deal with all that pesky jurisprudence when you can proceed directly to execution? The fact that these executions are illegal and that the people carrying out the orders could be prosecuted for murder doesn’t seem to present a problem to our fearless leaders who are guided by only the highest ‘humanitarian’ ideals. If a couple of dozen children or people simply attending a wedding happen to get blown up in the process, well that’s just ‘collateral damage’
Should we really be shocked when one of the kids trained to kill on hyper-violent computer games, bombarded by a blood-drenched culture posing as ‘entertainment’ and taught that a foreign policy based on war crimes is ‘humanitarian’ commits acts of obscene violence?
“Everybody Knows the fight was fixed, the poor stay poor the rich get rich” goes a line in a Leonard Cohen song.
I’m just an artist trying to make sense of the world, using my art as a vehicle to channel the passion I feel about the injustice I see everywhere.
I have been accused of creating art that is somehow Un-American. That assessment is not accurate and completely misses the point of my work. I feel privileged to have been born in this country and I cherish the notion of personal freedom that America was founded on. I am pointing a finger at those who enact policies that destroy our freedoms and start wars that needlessly kill Americans and innocents abroad. Their agenda does not represent my idea of what this country stands for. Our ‘officials’ are not America, We are.
Shepard Fairey, the brilliant artist who created the iconic ‘Hope’ image has recently expressed his disappointment with BHO. It seems to me that his image was like a glass of champagne on a first date. It’s filled with the dreamy sense of possibility and promise that someone you don’t really know yet can offer. I want my work to go down like a hot cup of black coffee the morning after. Something like “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. A graphic depiction of the sins our ‘fearless leaders’ have committed in our name.
Every unjust war we start puts a black mark on our collective soul. The lies that brought us into the Vietnam conflict made us cynical. The lies that brought us into Iraq have destroyed trust in Government for many of us. Frank Rich points out that instead of bringing American ideas of freedom to Iraq, this war is bringing the political chaos of Iraq to America.I think on some level, Everybody Knows that we have lost our way, and America’s future is bleak unless we reverse the damage that has been done to us by the interests that promote and finance the war machine.
Despite promises to the contrary, The Bush Doctrine of endless, preemptive war continues to be the cornerstone of our foreign policy, and The Patriot Act remains intact as a testament to tyranny. What will the next war bring?
Don’t Tase Me, Bro:
It was at this point that he uttered the now famous words “Don’t Tase me, bro.” One of the officers, who apparently did not appreciate being called ‘bro’, drive stunned the student with an X-26 Taser. Andrew could now be added to the still growing list of unarmed students as young as 6 who have been Tased while on school grounds. Following the incident, he was charged with “Inciting a Riot” and other ‘crimes’. The police recommended he be charged with the felony of “Resisting Arrest with Violence”.
Amnesty International alleges that 344 people have died as a result of being Tased. These weapons were originally proposed as an alternative to lethal force, but have become a routine way of incapacitating unarmed suspects at traffic stops and nuisance complaints. Police shootings have not declined since the deployment of Tasers. Authorities call the use of these weapons “Pain Compliance.” I call it torture.
I painted this piece on a vintage, wood cutout of a duck that I found in a flea market in Pennsylvania. It was part of my exhibition titled “All That Glitters” at Trifecta Gallery in Las Vegas.
Pablo Picasso said “Painting is not meant to decorate apartments, painting is an instrument of war.”
As an editorial illustrator, I am often given the task of creating a compelling image to accompany a story pertaining to current events. I have created visual commentary on issues including The Iraq War and Katrina for the op-ed page of The New York Times and cloning for Time magazine. When an issue arises that inspires me, but there is no assignment, I make my own.
The attempt is always to imbue my images with the passion I feel for many of these issues with just enough humor to keep them from being strident. Passion and humor are two of the traits I admire most about my dad, and these characteristics have organically found their way into my work.
I try to be diplomatic in life and non-combative, with varying degrees of success. I make no such attempt in the realm of my art. The work you will see here has a distinct point of view that you might not always share, but I guarantee that it’s genuine.
This is my first salvo in the information war. This is a war against war. A war against lies and tyranny and corruption. I may not be the first choice to paint something that looks pretty over your couch, but I think I have some pretty sharp arrows left in my quiver. Feel free to let me know what You think.
This painting was originally commissioned by Playboy for a story about woman hunters. Bruce Hansen, art director.
Name: Mix media Illustration Artworks
Theme Colour: vivid colours
Technique: Mix media Illustration
Artist: Anthony Freda – New York, United States
Text Description: © Courtesy of Anthony Freda
Images: © Anthony Freda