Holy Contradiction by tonyorzech
This is a Symbolic image of a knight Hospitaller. The sword is a modified Hospitaller's sword representing the birth and death of his God (represents the contradiction of killing in the name of a loving God for wealth and power). The flowers are Sage-Leaved Rock Roses that grow around Jerusalem (represents the area being fought in and for the possession of) and their is a Shahada (Islamic Profession of Faith) on the ground next to his foot which reads; 'There is no god but God (Allah): Mohammed is the apostle of God.' (Represents the people of this land that he is fighting). I was trying to show how a people can be foolishly pulled into violence by a leader hiding behind the mythology / theology of the time. Something that has been done throughout history. 10' x 20' oil on canvas, completed in 2002 and sold for $800.00.