AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

BRITAIN (Versace)

BRITAIN (Versace)

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA

BRITAIN (Tough Dame)

BRITAIN (Tough Dame)

AUSTRIA

AUSTRIA

CHINA

CHINA

BELGIUM

BELGIUM

CONGO

CONGO

CUBA

CUBA

EQYPT (Veils)

EQYPT (Veils)

ETHIOPIA

ETHIOPIA

GERMANY I (1930s)

GERMANY I (1930s)

GERMANY II (1943)

GERMANY II (1943)

GERMANY III (SPLINTER)

GERMANY III (SPLINTER)

GREECE

GREECE

INDIA

INDIA

IRAN (Nightsong)

IRAN (Nightsong)

IRAQ

IRAQ

IRAQ (Suicide Comando)

IRAQ (Suicide Comando)

ISRAEL

ISRAEL

JAPAN

JAPAN

KURDISTAN (PESHMERGA)

KURDISTAN (PESHMERGA)

LEBANON

LEBANON

LITHUANIA

LITHUANIA

MEXICO

MEXICO

NEPAL

NEPAL

NIGERIA

NIGERIA

PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

PALESTINE

PALESTINE

PERU

PERU

RUSSIA

RUSSIA

SAUDI ARABIA

SAUDI ARABIA

SOUTH KOREA

SOUTH KOREA

SPAIN

SPAIN

SUDAN

SUDAN

SWEDEN (Summer)

SWEDEN (Summer)

SWEDEN (Winter)

SWEDEN (Winter)

SWITZERLAND

SWITZERLAND

SYRIA

SYRIA

TURKEY

TURKEY

USA (Allover 1960s)

USA (Allover 1960s)

USA (Chocolate Chip)

USA (Chocolate Chip)

USA (Desert Storm)

USA (Desert Storm)

USA (Night Operations)

USA (Night Operations)

YEMEN

YEMEN

ZAIRE

ZAIRE

ZIMBABWE

ZIMBABWE

 

Early in the 20th century, the United States military adapted the nature studies of American painter Abbot Thayer to conceal ships, weapons and soldiers.  Thayer had made studies based on his theories of the natural protection afforded animals and birds, which render themselves invisible through “concealing coloration” and silhouette disruption. Subsequently, governments throughout the world hired artists, known as camoufleurs, to design a wide variety of camouflage specific to different environments. 

I intend to reclaim these various patterns of concealment by re-contextualizing the camouflage of troubled countries into oil paintings on alabaster-gessoed panels, thereby transforming these patterns from their military usage to a more peaceful purpose.