Jason Askew is a modern South African painter who frequently chooses military themes for his works. A full inventory of Jason’s art would list pictorial responses to many military conflicts in the history of the Western hemisphere. This particular piece, Jerusalem, is an allegorical painting that brings into focus the most contested and ancient holy place on Earth. The painting does not show any particular battle, instead it highlights the perennial conflict in Palestine as a whole. Warriors of different factions in the foreground express valor and determination mixed with despair. White doves against the background of a blue, yet stormy, sky invoke a familiar Christian symbol, as well as provide a sense of timelessness and divine presence.
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