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McDonalds by killj0i McDonalds by killj0i
This is a rather large oil painting, some 30 x 50 feet in size. I wanted to address the culture clash occurring in the Middle-East, between Western contemporary values and the age-old conservative ways of Arab society. The mosque is missing some details and architectural features, namely spires, but I ended work on this painting at a deadline for an assignment. I plan on going back to finish it up when I can establish a studio to paint in, and will update the image to reflect the new details. The content however will remain the same and is open to criticism.
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Liubamir Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very strong.
jessbrady Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Great idea, very Banksy... Just a little more research into architecture in the middle east and it will be perfect. It definately has great potential!
Saffy-Night Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Dude, that is nothing less than awesome. The painting is amazing, as is the statement.
babelfishy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
The building in the background reminds me of Naboo, from Star Wars :P

Its beautiful :)
Noahluv Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
that's awesome
pancratium Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
nice painting, but i think that the message u were trying to communicate, by painting Agia Sofia, transformed from "the culture clash Western contemporary values and the age-old conservative ways of Arab society" into something more old and more general. Agia Sofia, a mosque, a museum today, is the biggest church for the eastern (orthodox) Christians and it never represented the age old blah blah blah. That building was and is what the basilica of St Peter is for the vatican (the spiritual capital of eastern christians is still "Istanbul" ) and for the catholic christians. If tomorrow minarets are build around that basilica it wont make it a symbol of the "age-old conservative ways of Arab society".
and btw where is the arab society? I dont think that the turks consider themselfs arab but european... maybe u should change that into Muslim society. Sorry for the somewhat harsh critic, just what i think :(
killj0i Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
Good comments. At the time I was looking for merely a mosque as a reference. It's painfully obvious how little research I did and some ignorance on my part of architectural history :)
Wilczyca-97 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
such a polite person, how did you survive in the internet?
AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
tragic but true
WawaHaters Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Why can't the West leave us Muslims Alone?

Nice Painting of the Hagia Sophia Mosque ^_^b
okti Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006
from what i know that building it was a christian chruch...saint sophie in constantinopol..present istanbul....the capital of bizantin empire...after the turkes conquered Constantinopoles, they transformed it into a musulman church, the so called moskee...i do not know how to spell it in english...whatever...nice work...this really is a good example of culture clash...and it's a very old example..about 5-6 centuryes..:D
Iain-Finnigan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
"Millions of Americans can't be wrong" Oh, really? :giggle: I like how you've used Mcdonald's own slogan to convey a larger message, like the pervasive shallowness, ignorance, and arrogance of America, and the westernizing of the world through gloabalization. Western/american culture does seem to have no regard or reverence for other cultures or religions, or any regard for where its imposing itself, or even whether its wanted. Even when american culture does embrace elements of other people's culture from around the world, it always has to superficialize it somehow, which is a very demeaning way of incorporating another's culture.

A provocative and humorous painting. I like the ideas you're communicating here more than the actual painting itself though, which seems overly simplified, almost cartoonish, in its appearance. But its understandeable for such a large painting. Where on earth did you paint such a huge painting by the way. Is it a mural?

killj0i Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006
I used a photo as a source for the mosque, and the rest is just imagination which is probably why it looks cartoonish. When approaching the process, I stopped when I felt it was 'good enough' and not great. Was working on tight schedule and up to the last minute. If I had more time I would have made it look more photo-realistic, I'm a big fan of realist art.
second-best Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2004
this is realy awesome :) its kinda a nice statement on globalization and how america pushes its culture on others... i like it alot. oh, and mcdonalds = evil!!
killj0i Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2004
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of McDonald's food myself, but for some reason I don't think this painting would have had the same psychological impact if I used Wendies or even Chic Fil A--the latter being reknown as major contributors to the community in many charitable ways.

For better or worse though, western culture is taking over the world and has been for god knows how long. Should people resist it or embrace it? What's good and what's bad? Or is it all good? (or bad :) )
second-best Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2004
you shouldent embrace a brand, as for everything else... i dunno, its kinda hard to say, i mean some things could be awesome that could bring mutual benefit but when i see something like mcdonalds i think oh god no. theres gotta be some things that are alright to embrace, i just dont think we should conquer and devour their culture.

i think with interacting with eachother its impossible not to somehow rub off on eachother though... or us on them i guess... but y'know... or i think you do, or maybe i dont even know :P
Kyubi-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
The tree in the bottom-left corner seems to be crooked, but it's a great piece of work nontheless. Great job.
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