US on Top 2004


US on Top

Catalogue raisonné no. 672

Artist's CR 613



Oil on canvas

36 x 32 inches / 0 cm

Selected Citations and Comments

Jammed between two military stretchers, with his hands clasped behind his neck and a large US soldier sitting on him, the Iraqi prisoner’s tongue is forced out. The monumental, static nature of the soldier is contrasted by the suggestion of movement in the half-tone area in which the Iraqi resides. In the background I have painted the fabric hanging on the bars of the prison cells as though it was drapery wafted by Zephyr in a grand portrait of the 18th century.

Gerald Laing, Artist's Notes on War Paintings', unpublished manuscript, 2004