Soldier and child
Oil and Sand on Canvas 4' x 3'
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Oil on Camouflage Material 6’ x 4’
Inspired by Manet’s painting ‘Le fifre’ in which a young boy playing a fife symbolises the French notion of freedom, equality and brotherhood.
It is painted on to the same material that US Army uniforms are made from.
This painting alludes to an incident when France criticised the invasion of Iraq and US foreign policy. It led to the widespread renaming in America of ‘French fries’ to ‘Freedom fries’ and the French were famously denounced as ‘cheese eating surrender monkeys’.