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The Massacre by Andoledius The Massacre by Andoledius
A conceptual take on the "Wounded Knee Massacre" which happened on December 29th, 1890. It was a terrible and tragic event, in which hundreds of American Indians were slaughtered for no reason at all. you can read more about it [link] there if you wish!

This was done for the upcoming department show my college has, and as a senior i am required to participate :( The buffalo represent the U.S. army, taken from the nickname some soldiers received, aptly named "buffalo soldiers". The wolves/coyotes/foxes/canines of course, represent the American Indians.

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Lookoo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well-made image! As far as the symbolism goes, I guess I'm one of those ppl for who it doesn't work out here.
- The 7th Cav. /10th Cav. thing has already been mentioned before (Buffalo Soldiers were from the 10th, they were involved in the wider context but didn't perpetrate Wounded Knee).
- I wouldn't associate buffaloes with white soldiers either when an Indian-white conflict is depicted. The Indians were the buffalo-people.
- What's more, I'm no fan of associating Indians with wolves. I know, it's happening all the time. There are countless pictures, getting more every day, which have an "Indian Princess" snuggling with a wolf or a "proud warrior" side by side with a wolf. Whites back then often associated Indians with wolves - pointing out the non-human predator character they ascribed to both and calling for the merciless extermination of both as an act of self-defense. This association has -oddly- survived until the present day. It was just turned into a tacky kitsch trope. I just can't stand indians = wolves for that reason. ;)
- Finally, buffaloes stampeding over wolves looks like a collective act of self-defense. The mighty, yet all too peaceful giants finally have enough and crush the bloodthirstly predators and clean them out once and for all. That's how many whites back then might have viewed it. But I have quite some issues with such associations. ;)

Yeah... sorry... a piece of art elicits lots of various responses in different viewers. This was mine. Very well done though, so take it easy! ;)
silliestowl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
This piece is incredible. It's hard to see bison depicted as the villains (since they were as much a victim as the American Indians were, although they are now finally starting to be returned to their habitat). However, it's hard for some to see American soldiers as villains too. Sometimes that's the reality of the situation. Your line work is so good.
manfishinc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
You have been featured!
Andoledius Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional
Thank you!! =)
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Instant fav, wow! I love this, its breathtakingly beautiful.
tigre-lys Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OH! I saw this in the Society of Illustrators student scholarship exhibition catalogue! It is so crazy when you're just browsing along and you see something you've seen in real life. This piece is so RAD. Good job.
gagatka27 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
oooooh!!!! Great one!
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
I've featured this piece in my journal here: [link] :heart:
ScribalWriter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
:clap: Well done.
ZephyrTheKid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
An absolutely deep interpretation. If this were a print, I'd be hard-pressed not to buy it.
xSilverxEaglex Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So powerful and so wonderfully presented! A gorgeous artwork :D
Citeron Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Well done :)
DestructoBot Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
WOAH omg so fun story.
I went on the Montserrat website to find a phone number and I saw this illustration and was like I swear I've seen this on dA

Uhhh long story short YOU HAD FRED LYNCH?
Andoledius Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional

He's one of my favourite professors =) I've been meaning to take a trip back to the school to visit him, life has been so hectic lately. But anyway, you go to Montserrat?! :0
DestructoBot Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Student General Artist
No! I go to RISD but he teaches at both places. I went to Italy in 2010 with Montserrat/Fred and I'm in his class this semester : D
Andoledius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional
I've heard crazy things about RISD (good, but crazy!) Its so cool that you attend there :) You must have Kelly Murphy too, I assume?

If you see either of them, tell them I say hi! (and that i'll try and get my butt over to visit them sometime... >_> )
DestructoBot Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student General Artist
No, I've actually never had Kelly. I'll tell Fred you said hi though! I'm not sure if I want to know what you've heard about RISD..? xD
Andoledius Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional
Only that you guys have crazy teachers and an insane amount of work! Although, I suppose it works with all the amazing people that come out of that school ;) (also...your school work is pretty crazy! The italy drawings are amazing :0 )
DestructoBot Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahhhh thank youuu x] Yeah Fred is making us draw 88 houses this week fml hahaha
Peace-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
I love this piece. :heart:
Kind of reminds me of Picasso’s depiction of the bombing of Guernica. [link] Idk why! :)
romajercey Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Wow man, I love the texture!
Nafah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So so awesome, I love this!
StormyHotWolf88 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love the texture in this
narrendor Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011   General Artist
What a great concept. So many people just pass off such history as old news, hardly worth a second glance. Or still revere as heroes those generals who led battalions against what I think were perfectly justified actions of the American Indians. But it really is terrible. For all that America has stood for freedom and equality from the beginning, there are a great many stains on her history.

I also like what you said somewhere about the Americans acting like stampeding buffalo at one harmless gunfire. The fact that several of the buffalo in your painting seemed pained, feeling a wrongness at what they're doing, which keeps in mind that not all the soldiers there were ruthless killers fighting for the glory of their country. They were all just people, with morals and opinions like all of us, and their job that day was to slaughter a whole bunch of people, regardless of what they thought on the matter.

On a less sober note, I absolutely love what you've done here. Those brighter sort of shadow-outlines of the wolves/canines give their expressions that much more impact. The textures and dusty feel of it give it a great atmosphere as well. Marvelous work!
RedRo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Excellent art, so viceral with the dark of the buffalo and the red of the wolves and foxes. Like a dark cloud of soot snuffing out the embers of a people.
srom Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Effortless and dramatic! Can't wait to see it at the show.
dana-redde Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As another commenter pointed out, it's to your credit as an artist that a typically nonthreatening animal looks so violent and malicious, and the animal that usually gets painted as the villain looks frightened and vulnerable. Really well done. I love the composition.

Haha, I actually grew up less than a mile from a buffalo farm, so I know that those things can be TOUGH when they want to be! There's a reason nobody goes "buffalo tipping" :)
kiwi-pao Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Your painting represents SO much. The detailing and colors you chose definitely go with it. Whenever I see works depicting the torture and inhumane treatment of American Indians, I feel like crying (which, I usually do). I just want to thank you for putting this up.
MadisonTuff Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Wow, this is absolutely brilliant.. How have I not seen this?
JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Nice!
pinballwitch Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Very vicious piece, and somehow the colors--kind of muted, but still with that grim bloody red in there--really support the action as a whole.
shizaforn Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
this definitely deserves a DD. I am stunned. this is just beautiful.
Andoledius Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional
thanks! you can always recommend it you know ;) hehe
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agitpop Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
beautiful piece, great concept. it reminds me of an old japanese print AND a cave drawing. well done!
AceTopCat Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow i love the art style it looks like it should be in princess mononoke
dreamcracks Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
the expression on the coyote to the far right is what really does it for me, it's heartbreaking. wonderful piece of a tragic event.

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tooiebird Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
This is simply an awesome piece. I love the concept, the composition and the colors. It's beautifully done.
I think it's really graceful, yet it represents something really tragic.
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
beautiful. Interesting concept.
ika-siyam Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
overpowered... O_O
Dio-Duo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Wow! That's cool!
Impressive dynamics, color and sophisticated colors.
Fish-ina-Bag Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is so sad, yet very thought provoking. be proud you turned an assignment into something powerfull! well done my friend
AlienLifeDetected Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
This is just...beautiful. Sad, but full of beauty.
chibi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
"Bury my heart at wounded knee".
nineateseven Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
wow, this is an absolutely beautiful image. I love the transition of colors and the texture detail. incredibly powerful.

it's sad, really, that a lot of Canadian and American history is basically genocide and racism - a lot of people really have no idea, it's like this big shameful secret no one will own up to. speaking from my own cultural experience of course, and what my relatives went through as Aboriginal people.
GatoCasero Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
wow, I love everything in this illustration, the color, the atmosphere!! It's awesome!! :D
Ashira-Rain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
yeah that was sad...really like how you vison it too..very lovely illustration.
shortboy12 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Great illustration. I find it very emotive, nice representation the concept.
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