An Inappropriate Reflection of Guilt Collection
Namik Ozturk b.1962
AN INAPPROPRIATE REFLECTION OF GUILT
Ozturk originals are rarely available on the open market.
Signed Ozturk (bottom right)
Oil on linen canvas
40 by 30 in. 101 by 76 cm
Created in late Spring 2011.
PROVENANCE - Owned by the artist
GlaxoSmithKline Brentford London September 2011
It’s not that he is so unhappy with himself that he cannot look at his reflection; the fact is, his reflection is so disgusted with his deeds, it has turned away from him in shame.
One would not instantly realise this figure is that of a dictator; a man who has created misery, literally raped his country of all its goodness and selflessly tried to hang on to it all; stolen the wealth of his fellow countrymen and shared it among his friends and allies, while outside his Palace of uselessness, his people grow hungry and poorer.
It was noticed by a fellow artist who watched Ozturk paint this image. I’m ashamed of man, he said as a tear streamed from one eye because we have let people like this into power. Not just once but many times over. It simply does not stop; the negativity which surrounds the life of a dictator, feeds his insatiable appetite for all things he can possess and in return he gives us back the broken pieces. This is a standard of man who should never have been allowed into power. I despair with dictators past and present and the terrible, shameful things they have done. Thanks to my Father we live in the United Kingdom.