Acrylic on canvas
On September 3, 2017, North Korea claimed that they had successfully conducted the testing of a thermonuclear bomb. Inspired by the news of the day, Thomas started this painting as an expression of this insanity. Because he is a pacifist at heart, Thomas deeply believes that the long-term survival of humanity depends on more out-of-the-box solutions for countries and cultures to live together in a more constructive and peaceful way.
The viewer’s eye is drawn to the abstraction at the center of the painting depicting an oversized gun, symbolizing the insanity, recklessness, but also the reality of Kim Jong-un’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.