The Dogs Of War
The Dogs of War borrows Vorticist, Constructivist and Futurist dynamics to create a mechanical and brutal scene of a general ordering his troop into battle. There is an underlying influence from German Expressionism which adds an element of brutality and grotesque to the painting. Despite it's striking arrrangement and hint at brutality it is Dowdeswell's call to peace. The figures in the work are lumbering, clumsy, dis-jointed and have no logical sense. They are the puppets and figureheads of futile wars, senseless destruction and illogical politiking. Actions we could avoid.
Oil on Canvas. 60" x 48" x 1.5". 2011.