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Steve Mumford's avatar Steve Mumford

The painting depicts a typical Blackhawk helicopter ride in Iraq during the war, around the year 2005. The title, Anbar refers to Anbar Province, the central area in Iraq with a majority Sunni population, which was generally hostile to the American occupation, and where much of the fighting took place. Inside the helicopter are two Special Forces soldiers, a US Army officer and a female civilian journalist. I rode in many helicopters like this during my visits to Iraq as a combat artist between 2003 and 2008. The engines are loud, so everyone is lost in their own thoughts, perhaps contemplating the events in their lives which brought them to the war zone, while down below various Iraqis go about their lives on a farm, ignoring the American helicopter skimming low overhead - except one man who looks up, perhaps in a split second locking eyes with you, the viewer...

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3.5 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 60 inches