Opa

Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

1996

Joe's grandfather spent his entire working life in the German State Railway Service. In this capacity he narrowly avoided conscription for duty in the First World War and faced deployment to the Eastern Front in the Second. He was a simple blacksmith by trade who loved his family, his home, work and all the things which give his life stability and consistency. War and the epic politics of the Reich were not of interest to him. A stomach ailment which was believed at the time to be cancer relieved him from active duty. Shortly after being effectively

sent home to die, the front would collapse into running slaughter as the resurgent Red Army determined to deliver its death blow to the German invader. Joe's grandfather did not die, however. In fact, he didn't have cancer at all, thought his digestive health remained delicate. He finished the war at his prewar post, driving and servicing the trains that passed through his district, raising his daughters- Joe's mother among them- and happy for it. The ashtray at lower right figured in a story about some family friends who owned a taxi service and were Nazi supporters. When the American occupation authorities came to commandeer their cars, the mother of the household, her husband then a POW, had to rapidly de-Nazify their apartment. That ashtray, discovered to the sound of boots on the stairs, found itself wedged among the springs of the sofa, and jangled there as the American officer sat on it, drinking the tea she cordially served him as he performerd his official duty.

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Paintings

The foundation of Joe's work. In painting, Joe discovered the possibilities for visual communication and the greatest historical inspiration. His canvasses are largely earlier works, though he will return from time to time to paint on panels or found surfaces.

Geoffrey's Wild Years Ikarus, No Man Dies Alone Owen Pferd Horse Trinity X Canto- Gunther Prien
Albatros 1918 Still Life with Messerschmitt Sister in Revolution Berlin: Embankment 1945 W. S. Burroughs- American. ...As Promised Selkie
Thomas Bernhard Shared Vision Surf Ta 152 Hitlerjugend A Man of Destiny Everybody Loves Pie!
Edith Vorsicht! Starker Feuerstrahl! Jap Otto and Nico Dog A Story I Heard Once Backsplash
Opa Julia Dick Tait Oma David's Factory V2