The painting by John Keane is one of the painting by a Western artist who has visited Palestine and did work that reflects the reality of the natives. This painting by the artist titled El-Basudero and dated 1992, it is part of the Farhat Art Museum :
The painting is signed (lower left and right) and further signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)
oil, acrylic, newspaper collages, crayon, oil pastel, nails and metal chain on panel laid on panel
60 x 29 1/2in
John Granville Coldoys Keane (born 12 September 1954) is a British artist, whose paintings have contemporary political and social themes.
John Keane was born in Hertfordshire, England. He was educated at Wellington College (1968–72) and Camberwell School of Art (1972–76).
He is a political painter, whose subjects often concern contentious political, social and military issues.
In 1990, the Imperial War Museum commissioned him as an official war artist in the Gulf War.2001–02, he exhibited paintings which were derived from an expedition with Greenpeace during their campaign in the Amazon against illegal logging.In 2002, he painted Mo Mowlam, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The original idea was to represent her with other major figures in the Good Friday Agreement (Gerry Adams, John Hume and David Trimble), but four years of talks as to where the individuals should be placed ended with Trimble’s withdrawal and the plan was abandoned.
In 2004, he toured his show, The Inconvenience of History, internationally. This was based on trips in liaison with Christian Aid to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He also worked on paintings about the 2002 Moscow Theatre siege, using documentary footage as a source: “The process has continued my methods of developing the imagery with the aid of a computer, prior to committing paint to canvas in works both large and small scale.”
In 2006, 57 Hours in the House of Culture was a show at Flowers East gallery, London, and Sakharov Museum, Moscow, about the Chechen War.
More recent work, Guantanamerica, bases paintings about “issues of representation and dehumanisation of detainees at Guantanemo Bay” on low resolution internet files.
He is a visiting research fellow at Camberwell College of Arts.
Residencies and commissions