I'm working on creating a number of illustrations and spotlights of some influential figures. Good and bad...
ALBERT EINSTEIN: PHYSICIST, 1879 - 1955
POL POT: PRIME MINISTER, LEADER IN CAMBODIAN COMMUNIST MOVEMENT, TOTALITARIAN DICTATOR: 1928-1998
MICHAEL PARENTI: POLITICAL SCIENTIST, HISTORIAN AND CULTURAL CRITIC: 1933-PRESENT
“In societies that worship money and success, the losers become objects of scorn. Those who work the hardest for the least are called lazy. Those forced to live in substandard housing are thought to be the authors of substandard lives. Those who do not finish high school or cannot afford to go to college are considered deficient or inept.”
Michael Parenti is an American historian, political scientist and cultural critic who has authored over twenty books on topics like imperialism, fascism, U.S democracy and foreign policy and the invented reality of the media. He often speaks about the pathology of wealth and the myths of capitalism.
MARILYN WARING: POLITICIAN, ACTIVIST, AUTHOR AND ACADEMIC 1952-PRESENT
ROGER CASEMENT: HUMANITARIAN ACTIVIST, IRISH NATIONALIST, POET: 1864 -1916
This piece on Roger Casement is a collaboration between myself and a friend of mine. A big 'Thank you!' to Máire Ní Mhórdha. She was kind enough to provide the text and I did the artwork. We're planning to work our way through a list of people that we'd like to share some work on.
JAMES CONNOLLY: IRISH REVOLUTIONARY AND SOCIALIST 1868 -1916
First up, James Connolly. I'll tell anyone who cares to know that he was my great great grandfather and a man whose influence has reached far beyond his own lifetime...
MALCOLM X: MINISTER AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST: 1925 -1965
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
On the day of his assassination, Malcolm X was to deliver a speech about human rights and Revolutionary Pan Africanism and Internationalism. He was maligned by the mainstream for having the courage to call out the deceitful hypocrisy present in America...purporting integration but practising segregation, between blacks and whites. At least in South Africa, he said, they practised what they preached. He pursued the cause of liberating the Black man in American society instead of just 'integrating' the Black man into that society. This is an important distinction. He was also keenly aware of the importance of education and in particular, acknowledging the valuable role women play. During his travels to the middle east, he observed that the countries progressing the most were countries moving towards socialism and with a focus of liberating women. His legacy is that of a man who fought against all forms of oppression and whose values and messages could not be diluted nor bought.
To read more about Malcolm X's thoughts, click here.
LECH WALESA: FORMER POLISH PRESIDENT, TRADE-UNION ORGANISER AND HUMAN-RIGHTS ACTIVIST: 1943-PRESENT
I've just returned from a short trip to Poland where I had the good fortune to pay a visit to the Soldarnosc museum. I had already created these images before going to the museum but it was great to get a more in-depth understanding to the background and happenings around the Solidarity movement and before. It became a turning point in European history and politics and it was great to see the effect a mass of people and opinion could achieve. I've used a lot of text from Wiki for this piece. Unfortunately, I did not have time to wholly write the text myself. A lot of my friends are Polish and I had wanted to share this with them for quite a while now.