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Hope

This painting was inspired by my time spent in South Africa back in 1991 before the end of Aparteid. The two children were from separate orphanages which had come together for a weekend at a Scripture Union outdoor education centre called Fun'inyani (Xhosa meaning 'seek the truth'). I did this painting from a photograph I has taken on an afternoon when the were all playing in the pool together. Just goes to show that the differences which divide many (not all) adults in South Africa mean little to children. If it can stay that way throughout their lives then there is hope for that country. The colouring of the painting is meant to be reminicent of the South African flag and the unity of the children which is expressed through the triangle they form is threatened by the turbulent 'political' waters upon which they float.

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