John Pitre's "Politics" oil on canvas, is a satire on the folly of us playing political games in our quest for wealth and mightiness. The figures in the center represent a decaying government, hoarding wealth and power. To the left, military factions plot to gain power by a coup, while the to the right, religious groups attempt to spread their beliefs and influence. Everywhere, there are those who would deceive, steal and betray for a piece of the illusionary narcotic of power. In their selfish preoccupations, most are oblivious to the signs on the horizons, warning of what their pursuits could eventually bring; the meaningless destruction of everything they have come to know.
For the first time in history, we have the knowledge and mechanisms to cause ourselves to become extinct through our own willful acts. Let us pray that we are not the final generation, and the only one to have known the total history of humanity from our origin, through our final days.
The original oil on canvas of "Politics" is one of Pitre's last remaining original works, kept by him as one of his personal masterpieces of political commentary.