Self-Destruction - Collaps of the Monetary System in the United States of America
President Nixon declared the dollar non-convertible on the 15th of May, 1971 thus abolishing the gold standard. The Federal Reserve could print money “based on nothing” in order to pay the expenses of the Vietnam war as well as of the Great Society Program created by the former President Johnson. This step led to the depreciation of the dollar amounting to around 98 % in the last 40 years (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
H 90 x B 65
Oil, shredded US-Dollars and gilded 1 US-Dollar on canvas
Publication in September 2011
De-industrialization (demise of automotive, steel and heavy industries) made 40 million Americans unemployed and dependant on welfare. Four million more should be added those who have lost their homes to banks as the result of the real estate bubble bursting and are now forced to dwell in trailers, cars and tents.
Details: 1 ounce American Eagle Ag gilded, shredded US-Dollars of the FED,
24K gilded 1 US-Dollar bill and authentic Chinese Food Stamps of the year 1971.
It had been unclear in August 2011, whether the Congress would agree to a raise of the federal debt ceiling; without new loans, the USA would have been insolvent. By way of precaution, Chinese government let food stamps be dropped over the tent towns. China is the largest holder of US debt. Comments Arndt Tomás
Beyond the Peak of the Financial Game - Bankruptcy of Greece
The "emergency umbrella" of the EU and the IMF bail-out enable Greece to acquire new loans in the credit markets, in order to guarantee repayment of the maturing loans to the banks. It means that the European Central Bank is printing money so that the banks get back the money they have loaned (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
Beyond the Peak of the Financial Game
H 90 x B 175
Oil, shredded Eurobills and 100 Euro bill gilded on canvas
Publication at the time of the insolvency of Greece, October 2011
The people gain nothing from this development except for civil servants and welfare receivers. This makes people take to the streets and riot. Unemployed youth does not have any prospects for the future. Athens, the Goddess of wisdom, stands in the ash rain of burnt euro notes. She could not prevent her country from becoming a toy in the hands of the international finance aristocracy.
Details: singed, shredded Euros and 24K gilded 100 Euros.
The modern Greece fights for its survival. The untroubled way of life of ancient times belongs to the past. Comments Arndt Tomás
New World Order - Neue Weltordnung
"Yes, many people will die when the New World Order is established, but it will be a better world for those who survive." Henry Kissinger, 1991
Members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission (TLC) also known as the “US shadow government” pursuit a New World Order under the leadership of the United Nations. The aim is stabilization of the world populace by means of administratively ordered abortions and forced sterilizations. Wars as well as food and water manipulations are being used in order to reduce the world population. An anti-fertility vaccine has been already developed by the Rockefeller Foundation (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
New World Order
H 90 x B 130
Oil on canvas
Publication before implementation of a "New World Order", 2011
Coerced into giving up their sovereignty, nations will have to accept a single currency controlled by the World Bank. The society will be socialized, economy and financial sector regulated by taxes like climate protection or CO2 tax. A meltdown of the western currency system could pave a way to the New World Order.
"A European Community on federal lines is a necessary and essential contribution to any world union."
Zbignew Brzezinski Comments Arndt Tomás
Zeitgeist • Profound Artwork by Arndt Tomás HD • English
Deepwater Horizon Blowout
Deepwater Horizon was an deepwater dynamically positioned offshore oil drilling rig which sank on 22nd April 2010 due to an explosion on the rig caused by a blowout - causing the largest offshore oil spill in history.
Deepwater Horizon Blowout
H 100 x B 157
Oil on canvas
Publication in July 2010
We do need to keep in mind that the Ocean is necessary for everyone of us on this planet; an international institution is necessary to prevent corruption and disasters due to the lack of safety regulations! Tell others your opinion! Arndt Tomás
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also called the Pacific Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine litter in the central North Pacific Ocean spanning an area estimated twice the size of Texas or the size of Western Europe. The size is determined by a higher degree of concentration of pelagic debris in the water than it is normal. The Patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics and chemical sludge that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre, at some points there are more than six times more plastic in the gyre than there is plankton -the most abundant food source.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
H 130 x B 176
Oil on canvas
Publication in June 2010
Since plastics break down to ever smaller polymers, some of these long-lasting and toxic plastics end up in the stomachs of fish and marine birds as they mistake those pieces as food. While their body contains plastic, it goes its way up within the whole food chain. Each year more than 1 million birds are dying either from plastic poisoning or blockage of their digestive system. This disaster needs to be solved as soon as possible! Tell others your opinion! Arndt Tomás
Global Warming - Melting polar ice caps and multiculti
The global warming results in melting of the polar ice caps and rise of the sea level. In the Arctic, a nations’ race for its resources has begun. Emaciated polar bears roam around a drilling station. Oil production lures with high dollar profits. Disappearing ice masses lead to spreading of sea ravens to formerly fish rich grounds (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
H 90 x B 195
Oil on canvas
Publication for the inauguration of Neumayer-Station III, 2009
A ban on exploitation of natural resources in the Antarctic is in place till 2041. On the other hand, there are more than 80 research stations there. Snow canons are supposed to detain melting of the snow. Glaciers retreat and leave bare land behind. Penguins are being ousted by camels from their traditional habitats.
Rising sea levels due to melting of the ice lead to the flood danger for lower coastal regions a growing concern also for the northern Germany. The present-day federal states of Hamburg, Slesvigia-Holstein, Bremen and Lower Saxony unite in the “United States of Northern Germany”. There is something positive in these developments, however: the warming attracts orange trees and other Mediterranean vegetation to the North. The orange is the symbol of the new state. Tell others your opinion! Arndt Tomás
Global Financial Crisis - The world financial crisis in new dimension
With this triptych, I am attempting to present the world financial crisis in artist’s language. I’m not blaming anybody; however it is an appraisal of the actual situation (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
Global Financial Crisis
H 90 x B 180
Oil and gold leafs on canvas
Publication in February 2009. Left painting rotated 180° click here.
United States of America: Fact is that the financial crisis began due to the real estate bubble in the United States of America that spread through the whole world. The American Central Bank, Federal Reserve (FED), founded 1913 by private bankers in order to form a cartel to make “money from nothing” and to lend it for an interest rate, serves the U.S. government with new money, so that they can impose their monetary policy. Barack Obama has secured from Congress a national economic stimulus package worth 798 billion US dollars, to prevent Americans falling into poverty. Some senators have been warning about hyperinflation in advance. Despite all the warnings, the chairman of the FED, Ben Bernanke, announced that money would be dropped out of a helicopter, if needed - which gave him the nickname “Helicopter-Ben”.
In order to stabilize the dollar, the FED intends to corner the market of government securities as a large amount of America’s papers are in the hands of foreign investors. China alone holds 682 billion US dollars of American government securities. If those foreign investors would sell their US government bonds, the dollar would crash and all other currencies would be swept along. Nobel prize laureate Paul Krugman: “The United States of America risk to fall down in a deep economic crisis. We are on the verge of a catastrophe!”
The White House is not only recipient of the newly printed money of the FED, it also follows its policy (see printed words “Novus Ordo Seclorum” on the back of the one-dollar bill). The organ pipes symbolize the American policy where the White House plays music for the whole world to dance.
European Monetary Union: At the time of euro adoption the European Union had 12 member states; by now 15 more states have joined. Brussels has given to all new countries billions of Euros to enable them to restructure their budgets and improve their infrastructures. Many countries facilitated the granting and expansion of money by reducing the interest rate. This has encouraged many citizens to borrow more money for wealth generation. The balance sheet of European banks has 18.1 trillion of bad debt. This would mean that 44% of the assets of European banks are absolutely unsalable due to lack of securities. Bear and bull watch helplessly as the euro is being “burnt”.
Great Britain: The global financial crisis also affected Great Britain. As in the US, it is the real estate bubbles that lead to freezing of credits service. The Bank of England is only a facade. Many are unemployed. The Chancellor of the Exchequer under Prime Minister Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, sold a few years ago half of the British gold reserves to the lowest price. Meanwhile, the value of Pound Sterling has dropped almost to the level of the Euro.
The bear standing in the phone booth symbolizes by lack of confidence in the financial sector and increasing social coldness. According to a report by the CIA, major European cities will face civil unrest - including London. The fate of the unsinkable Titanic is known to all. Tell others your opinion! Arndt Tomás
Global Financial Crisis • Artwork by Arndt Tomás • English
"Yes, we can!" - Obamania and the need for a change
It was this guiding principle with which Barack Obama won over the world during his run for the Presidency. Especially the American youth is hoping for liberation from the rigorous politics of George W. Bush. During his campaign Barack Obama promised the following:
To close the prison camp Guantánamo Bay on Cuba,
To withdraw the troops from the war in Iraq, and
To bring America back to its former greatness.
"Yes, we can!" inspired me to paint this triptych, in which I captured these promises of the President of the United States of America (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
Yes, we can!
H 90 x B 195
Oil and gold leafs on cotton
Publication for the inauguration of the 44th US-President, 01/20/2009
The middle part of the triptych "Yes, we can!" shows the NYSE. This temple of money is covered with the American flag. The lacerated flag symbolises the decline of American values. The bankers’ greed led the financial system and the economy into a severe crisis. The value of the Dollar is decreasing, while the value of gold is increasing.
The left part of the triptych shows the island of Cuba in its national colours. At the bottom right the base of the Statue of Liberty is covering Guantánamo Bay. All values which are symbolized by the Statue of Liberty are turned upside down and hence invalidated. The imprisoned combatants are still waiting in vain for a lawful court hearing. With the destruction of the World Trade Centre (WTC) by Islamic terrorists, the United States of America abandoned its virtues.
The right part of the triptych shows war-ravaged Iraq: The Rivers Euphrates and Tigris run red with blood. A civil war has broken out between the Sunni and Shia Muslims. The oil production stagnates and natural gas is being flared. The war cost America 700 billion US-Dollars and countless fatalities. The starting fighter jet symbolises the retreat of the American machinery of war.
Aufklärungsjäger über Afghanistan - Defending freedom?
The reason for the Afghanistan oil painting was the German government‘s decision to send several jet fighters to Afghanistan, for a "surveillance operation". Today, the German forces in Afghanistan consist of 4.400 troops (click on the thumb to enlarge picture).
Aufklärungsjäger über Afghanistan
Wir verlieren unsere Freiheit am Hindukusch
H 80 x B 100
Oil on canvas
With all due respect for my government the ministry of defence is wrong in its war argument: "we are defending our freedom at the Hindukush". Every peace research institute agree on the opinion that countries with their troops involved in the Afghanistan conflict face higher danger of terrorist attacks at home. Therefore, Germany is developing to a surveillance state. Tell others your opinion! Arndt Tomás
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