Trouble in Jonestown (2014)
Acrylic painting by Mary Lou Springstead


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 9.45 × 11.02 × 0.39 in (unframed)
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  • Signed on the front

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Mary Lou Springstead

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

After watching a documentary on Jonestown, I painted a portrait of this antihero, Jim Jones. Jim Jones founded the Peoples Temple in 1956- it was a religious organisation. The good things about it was that it was racially integrated and focused on helping people in need, with a vision of everyone working together for the common good. In the 70s he set up a utopian community in Guayana in South America. Unfortunately in 1978, 900 people committed mass suicide by drinking poisoned kool-aid. Jim Jones was a charasmatic cult leader who used mind control techniques to create a prison-- he was paranoid and hooked on pharmaceuticals. This portrait includes a shark in it because he was a predator and a narcissist.

This canvas is unframed, but ready to hang. It hangs between two wooden dowels, like a wall hanging. The ends of the canvas are folded over and glued and the wooden dowel slides in the space.

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acrylic on cavas

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