Friday, March 20, 2015
This portrait was commissioned by a friend of my family that is actually related to Mosaddegh. From all accounts he was a kind and very well educated man. The piece is 20 x 16 acrylic on panel. The originally photograph was from a LIFE article. I have added a few symbols like the colors of the Persian flag on the buttons of his left sleeve. I made his shirt blue to represent his democratic stance. Most importantly is the crack of light traveling up the door only to be cut short by the lock. The light is the hope of Mosaddegh and Iran in 1951, and the lock doubles as the eye of the illuminati we see on the dollar bill surrounded subtly by a greenish triangle.