X Canto-Gunter Prien

Oil (with salt) on Canvas 30" x 30" (without frame)

1997

Early in the Second World War, Gunther Prien sailed his submersible into the defended British Royal Navy anchorage at Scapa Flow and sunk the battleship Ark Royal. He returned safely to continue sailing successfully against the Royal Navy until luck and technology turned against him and his ship was lost with all hands near the Faeroe Islands, the exact location unknown. Described now as both ardent Catholic and fanatic Nazi. Whatever he was then, he is now entombed in lightless water, his weapons moldered around him, kept secret from the surface. Judged now for his ideology by those free to dwell on the surface, according to the word of those who vanquished him as in the Tenth Canto of Dante's Inferno.

Private collection.

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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