What is Conflict Art? This sub-genre is any type of graffiti, painting and marking on any unconventional surface located in conflict zones. The Graffiti of War Project has been collecting and documenting this art for over 18 months through individual submissions through our website, Facebook page and through our recent expedition which took us to Kuwait and Iraq. Our focus is to capture images of this art before it is lost in the ever-changing environments that are active combat zones.
This Conflict Art provides a unique glimpse into the emotions of war giving civilians far removed from the horrors of war an inside and individual perspective of combat. Never before has such a collection of amazing and incredible existed in one place. We have thousands of images of art, many of which no longer exist physically on this planet due to destruction, elements or by other means. We are committed to saving these images for future generations to contemplate and study.
Conflict Art on Display
During our opening show, with the help of one of our sponsors, Kelly Line, Inc., we developed a new type of medium for our exhibit, what we call Graffiti Canvas.
This canvas looks remarkably like concrete, in fact, we received dozens of comments and some of the guests of our show thought we brought these murals, on concrete, back from Iraq and Afghanistan.
If we used a different, more mainstream medium for showcasing this art, much of the appeal would have been lost. Because these pieces look so much like the original work done overseas in combat zones, it provides for an amazing show.
Jason Nicholson is an aspiring military artist from Pennsylvania whose work captures military engagements and brings them to life on canvas. Currently Jason is involved with the Navy SEAL community and works with families of fallen SEALs to forever embed their sacrifice through his work. Nicholson currently has work featured in the UDT/SEAL museum and the SEAL Heritage Community Center. For more information you can contact Jason Nicholson on Facebook or visit his website at www.JasonNicholsonArt.com
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Served in the U.S. Navy from 2005 to 2009. During that time, Matt was stationed onboard the USS Iwo Jima LHD-7. Working down in the engine rooms as a Machinist Mate (Snipe) operating its high-pressure boilers and steam turbines. Matt served two deployments in the Persian Gulf conducting maritime operations and supporting both the 24th & 26th Marine Expeditionary Units.
Art has always played a great role in Matt's life but never as a means of personal gain, only the satisfaction of using his talent for the greater good. His inspiration comes from the enjoyment his work brings to others, this being the sole motivator in what he does. He currently resides in Michigan, with his wife Alycia and their daughter Elizabeth, working as a power plant operator in downtown Grand Rapids.
Matt is creating a piece specifically to commemorate the Graffiti of War Project which we will unveil during the Exhibition in Pennsylvania. For more information on Matt or how to request a custom art creation, email us.
Bryan McGhee, originally from Los Angeles, CA, he spent 27 years serving our Nation in the US Army, retiring in 2010 as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major. Bryan started painting over 14 years ago after seeing a Bob Sneed Buffalo Soldier rendition. This resulted in his first painting, depicting a Buffalo Soldier which won the US Army art competition and is now on permanent display in the Museum of the Non-Commissioned Officer at Fort Bliss, TX.
Since then, Bryan has created many paintings, most of them were given to his soldiers as gifts when they changed duty stations. The only original he has left is the painting called "Frontier Focus".
In addition to his talents as a painter, he is also an accomplished drummer and has played in numerous bands throughout the US and Europe. Bryan comes from an artistic family, his uncle is the late Bob West who wrote the hit "I'll Be There" for the Jackson 5. One of the highlights of his career came when he had the awesome privilege of playing for the Temptations on their European tour. We are honored to feature the prints and original work of CSM (ret.) Bryan McGhee. For more information on CSM (ret.) McGhee and how to pre-order his prints or commission a custom piece, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Zoriah, a critically acclaimed photographer with over 14 years of experience shooting conflict, crisis and disasters in developing countries. Winner of the VII Portfolio Contest, the Morepraxis Photogournalist of The Year Award and included in World Picture News' Most Powerful Imagery, Zoriah's photography has been praised by critics since receiving a coveted spot on the Songs of The People tour in 1992. Zoriah's work appears in publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times, BBC News, The United Nations, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NPR, Focus, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Grands Reportage, The Guardian and many others across the globe. For more information on Zoriah, visit www.Zoriah.com.
Nelson Ulysses Pantoja was born in 1963 in the Bronx of Puerto Rican descent. His father was a Vietnam veteran and he witnessed firsthand the struggles of the war on the face and actions of his dad. His mother was sick most of his life, she lost one lung to Tuberculosis, had breast cancer surgery, but remains in his eyes, the bionic woman. It was through these hardships, Nelson became the amazing artist he is today. For more information on Nelson's art and his incredible talent visit his website, www.ToothpickArtist.com or send him an email at email@example.com.
Jessica Dittbenner was born in Kansas City, MO, and grew up in Lenexa, KS. She is the daughter of Steve and Lynn Dittbenner, two graphic artists from Kansas City. Jessica has served in the US military for 13 years, deployed to Iraq three times while serving in the Air Force in 2004 and 2005, and two times in the Army in 2007 and 2008. She spent time in Baghdad, Balad, and Mosul, Iraq during her deployments. Then spent time in Afghanistan working as a contractor in 2011. Currently she is assigned to the 1st Attack and Reconnaissance Battalion in the Missouri Army National Guard and is planning to become an Apache Longbow Pilot.
Our first local national artist, Mr. Hussein currently resides in Iraq. Much of the background and location of Mr. Hussein cannot be made public for OPSEC reasons (send request to firstname.lastname@example.org for specific information on Mahmood's backgroud, subject to restrictions). Mr. Hussein has an astonishing story of how, under the Saddam regime, he was imprisoned because of his artistic rendition of the chemical killings he witnessed in Kurdistan. We are working with Mr. Hussein to showcase his art and help him earn a living again through orders of his art To order prints of hiswork email, email@example.com.
Austin was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended school over and joined the Marine Corps as an Infantry Rifleman after graduating in 2007. After completing 2 MEUs (Marine Expeditionary Units) from the period of 2008-2009, visiting such countries as Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, and Okinawa Austin deployed to Afghanistan with 3/5 Lima Co. on September of 2010. After returning in April 2011, Austin was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in June of 2011.
Coming from a large family, Austin is the 3rd oldest out of 8 boys. Austin started drawing at an early age, copying his older brothers who were very influential to him. In his spare time he liked to draw, read, body-board, spearfish, and basically everything that concerns a beach. Not the best student, Austin decided to join the Marine Corps partly out of patriotism partly because he didn’t know what to do with his life. At present, Austin lives in Hawaii and works as a Cable Installation technician for Interlink Communications LLC.