100 Faces of War

12 Sep

Jeffrey Michael Lucey, Marine, Lance Corporal Convoy Driver in Iraq, 1/03 - 7/03

This is an incredible art project by Massachusetts-based artist Matthew Mitchell. He tells the stories of men and women—military personnel and civilians—who have been to war in Iraq and Afghanistan by painting their portraits. Alongside the portraits hang placards in which the subjects describe their experiences in their own words. Mitchell’s vision is a work in progress; 50 of the 100 portraits (some posthumous) have been completed at this time. It is an important and affecting idea and really worth a look.

See the Portrait Gallery.

Watch the artist explain his project in this short video.

Painting: © Matthew Mitchell 2008

One Response to “100 Faces of War”

  1. RiverUnderWater September 12, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    Usually art gets a bad name for not being “useful.” I commend this artist. His work is honoring and memorializing our great volunteers. Thank you for posting!!

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