Political events are worth to be overthought. These paintings deal with historical events in order to understand our century. But - where is the world going to? Are Europe and the USA drifting apart? Please compare: A Comparison between the Security Strategies of EU and USA - The Bush versus the Solana Doctrine by Patrick Horvath.
Werner Horvath: "I have a Dream!" - Portrait of Martin Luther King. Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, 2015.
Werner Horvath: "Clash of Civilizations I to V- Osama bin Laden, George W.Bush, Saddam Hussein, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Yong Il". Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm (resp. 50 x 70 cm), 2001 (resp. 2003, 2006 and 2007).
"Clash of Civilisations - George W. Bush" by Werner Horvath was the winning image of the art contest of the ABS-gallery in Denver in 2002. It was also twice published in "Zeek - A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture", New York, in articles by Jay Michaelson ("The Spiritual Foundations of Bushism" and "Destructing Zell Miller and Reconstructing Kerry") in 2004.
Werner Horvath: "Spiral of Violence - Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon". Both oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm resp. 50 x 70 cm, 2002.
The image "Yasser Arafat" was also published in "Reform Judaism", Vol 31/1, Fall 2002, in an article by Alan M. Dershowitz titled "Put Arafat on Trial".
Werner Horvath: "George Bush Killing Freedom". Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, 2004.
Miss Liberty murdered by the American president: An allegorical scene including Guantanamo and the events in Iraq.
Werner Horvath: "Liberty". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2005.
This painting was published at the official poster for the exhibition "Freedom" , 14th autumn-exhibition of the Austrian Medical Art Club , Gallery of the University hospital, Vienna, 2005.
Werner Horvath: "Destruction (Osama bin Laden and the Twin Towers, George W. Bush and the Iraq)". Both oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2005.
Werner Horvath: "JFK" (1993) and "John F. Kennedy - Version 2" (2007). Both oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm.
Produced in Horvath's 'New Constructiivism' style 'JFK' depicts the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The top left portion of the painting depicts the coincidental murder of accused Presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack 'Ruby' Rubenstein. American Film Star Marilyn Monroe, reported to be the mistress of JFK, is also visible.
Werner Horvath: "Gulf War". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1993.
'Gulf War' depicts Iranian revolutionary leader Khomeni, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and former US President and DCI George Bush. World opinion has shifted dramatically in the post Gulf-War era due to the moral ambignity of the estimated 750,000 Iraqi civilian deaths brought about by heavy handed US-led Iraqi sanctions imposed fundamentally to ensure cheap access to Middle-Eastern oil.
This painting is the cover image of the essay by Steffanie McKenna "How current events influence artists and their work" for reaching BTEC in Art and Design at Telford College in Edinburgh.
Werner Horvath: "Clinton for President !". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1993.
William Jefferson Clinton was one of the youngest men ever to attain the Presidency of the United States. Clinton was elected to office in 1992 and reelected for a second term in 1996. But we should not forget: One of the reasons, why Clinton was elected was his massive support of death penalty - a fact that is not acknowledged in Europe.
Werner Horvath: "Smart Bombs and Sexy Guns". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1999.
Werner Horvath: "Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Terminator". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 2005.
The Arnold-Schwarzenegger-Altar. The middle-part displays Arnie as governor, the sidewings as bodybuilder and terminator.
Werner Horvath: "Jaques Chirac". Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 cm, 1995.
This picture was created under the impression of the French nuclear tests at Mururoa. It shows Chirac's face, formed by an atomic explosion.