Geoffrey Stapleton



I started this picture as a big smiley face and as the years went by and various personal and world events unfolded I added bits and pieces to it. At the time Australia was being viewed (or viewing itself) as "the deputy" to America's "sheriff" on the world stage. I don’t usually do protest pictures as they inevitably come across as a bit phoney and more from the head than the heart, but with the unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan not to mention Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, I think a little osmosis must have come in to play.

acrylic on canvas

39.4" x 39.4" 100cm x 100cm