The news media plays an important role in informing us about significant human rights issues. I represent this in my work by using the motif of film strips. I am also profoundly moved by the images of notice boards covered with countless photographs of ‘the disappeared’, they are faces that represent a desperate kind of iconography.

The bravery of political prisoners is beyond dispute and the courage of journalists who risk their own safety to report their stories is equally humbling. I would like my work to commemorate the early part of the 21st century by depicting the humanitarian dilemmas we all face at this time.

The tragic story of Daniel Pearl had a profound effect on me. What happened to him, and others like him, is epic subject matter that should be wrestled with in the same way that religious subjects inspired artists in earlier centuries.

Searching for Relatives, by Ricky Romain (1999/2003, oil on door, 139cm x 76cm, £1500).
Searching for Relatives, by Ricky Romain (1999/2003, oil on door, 139cm x 76cm,).
Passports and Visas, by Ricky Romain (2002/2003, oil on canvas, 205cm x 169cm, £3000).
Passports and Visas, by Ricky Romain (2002/2003, oil on canvas, 205cm x 169cm,).
Scapegoats 1, by Ricky Romain (2007, oil on canvas, 135cm x 77cm, £2500).
Scapegoats 1, by Ricky Romain (2007, oil on canvas, 135cm x 77cm,).
Scapegoats 2, by Ricky Romain (2007, oil on canvas, 135cm x 107cm, £2000).
Scapegoats 2, by Ricky Romain (2007, oil on canvas, 135cm x 107cm,).
Newsreel Series. by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas. 156cm x 130cm. 2007/15)
Newsreel Series. by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas. 156cm x 130cm. 2007/15)
Newsreel Series by Ricky Romain- detail.
Newsreel Series by Ricky Romain- detail.2007/15
Newsreel Series by Ricky Romain.- detail 2007/15
Newsreel Series by Ricky Romain.- detail 2007/15
Newsreel Series 'Shattered' by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas. 155cm x 110cm 2007)
Newsreel Series ‘Shattered’ by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas. 155cm x 110cm 2007)
Newsreel Series 'Shattered' by Ricky Romain. ( detail oil on canvas. 2007)
Newsreel Series ‘Shattered’ by Ricky Romain. ( detail oil on canvas. 2007)
Newsreel Series 'Shattered' by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas. detail 2007)
Newsreel Series ‘Shattered’ by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas. detail 2007)

 

Sometimes it's too late for Tenderness. by Ricky Romain (2010  oil on canvas 144cm x 143cm. £4500)
Sometimes it’s too late for Tenderness. by Ricky Romain (2010 oil on canvas 144cm x 143cm.)
Interpreter by Ricky Romain ( 2013 oil on canvas. 165cm x 65cm. Private Collection.)
Interpreter by Ricky Romain ( 2013 oil on canvas. 165cm x 65cm. Private Collection.)
In Memory of Daniel Pearl by Ricky Romain (2002/3 oil on canvas.180cm x160cm Private Collection
In Memory of Daniel Pearl by Ricky Romain (2002/3 oil on canvas.180cm x160cm Private Collection)
'In The Land Of The Blind' by Ricky Romain (2005 oil and ink on paper. 100cm x 60cm. Private Collection)
‘In The Land Of The Blind’ by Ricky Romain (2005 oil and ink on paper. 100cm x 60cm. Private Collection)
Alienation by Ricky Romain. (2005 oil and ink on paper. 100cm x 60cm Private Collection)
Alienation by Ricky Romain. (2005 oil and ink on paper. 100cm x 60cm Private Collection)
Alienation 2 by Ricky Romain ( 2007 oil and ink on paper. Private Collection)
Alienation 2 by Ricky Romain ( 2007 oil and ink on paper. Private Collection)
Alienation 3 page from my sketch book by Ricky Romain. (2005 oil ink and pastel on paper. Private Collection)
Alienation 3 page from my sketch book by Ricky Romain. (2005 oil ink and pastel on paper. Private Collection)
Alienation 4 by Ricky Romain (2006 ink and pastel on paper. Image used on back cover of BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) 2006 Annual Report. Private Collection)
Alienation 4 by Ricky Romain (2006 ink and pastel on paper. Image used on back cover of BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) 2006 Annual Report. Private Collection)
'Long painting' by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas 220cm x 58cm. 202/15
‘Long painting’ by Ricky Romain. (oil on canvas 220cm x 58cm. 2012/15)
Long Painting detail, 2012/15
Long Painting detail, 2012/15
'Long Painting' detail. 2012/15
‘Long Painting’ detail. 2012/15
'Long painting' detail 2012/15
‘Long painting’ detail 2012/15
'Long Painting' detail. 2012/15
‘Long Painting’ detail. 2012/15
In the darkness, by Ricky Romain oil on canvas. 150cm x 60cm
In the darkness, by Ricky Romain oil on canvas. 150cm x 60cm
'In the Darkness' re worked by Ricky Romain. oil on canvas. 150cm x 60cm. 2010/16
‘In the Darkness’ re worked by Ricky Romain. oil on canvas. 150cm x 60cm. 2010/16
Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017
detail Traffic and Traffickers by Ricky Romain. (Indian ink on gesso on unstreched canvas. 160cm x 136cm. 2017

 

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