Execution American Style


"Execution American Style." 65 x 90. 1999
“Execution American Style.” 65 x 90. 1999


I have just read that Texas will execute a woman today,Suzanne Basso, for the murder of a man fifteen years ago.

In 1999,fifteen years ago, I did a 65″ x 90″ painting on the subject of execution called “Execution American Style “

I am not for the death penalty.

A year or so before I left England in 1954 a man was hanged for the murder of his wife. They hung an innocent man . A mass murderer who gave witness at the trial of the innocent man was later caught. He was caught on Putney Bridge in London. How often has an innocent person died for another’s crime ? Many times, I think. After this the British government did away with the death penalty. The US also did away with it , but then reinstated it.

Reading of these executions in the N Y Times  I began clipping and saving the articles. One day I realized I had a huge pile of them. The last one I read had been a cock up in the electric chair. Something had gone wrong and the guys hair caught fire before he died. It’s odd in this country that considers it’s self very religious that many Christians who follow Christ’s teaching ignore the fact he would never think of putting someone to death . There are other religions that go along with executing people. It is so final. So many innocent people have been executed. So how does something like this continue to take place? I really don’t know.

A picture being worth a thousand words may convince that it is wrong.

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