American Painter Joe Lovett Completes Historical Masterpiece Stretch The Strangle Hold

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American Painter, Joe Lovett, announces the completion of Stretch the Strangle Hold a historical painting protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stretch the Strangle Hold is my response to the lie of war

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American Painter, Joe Lovett completes painting of historic magnitude, Stretch the Strangle Hold is a painting that captures an emotional response to the lie of war.

After witnessing daily news reports exposing the political lies and the senseless death of our young American soldiers and innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilians, I was spurred into action to protest these wars. I began Stretch the Strangle Hold in 2004 and to date it has been my greatest artistic endeavor, not only in scale but also the magnitude of its subject matter, solidifying my artistic activist role.

“Most recently I have come to know the work of American painter Joe Lovett. His latest painting is a meaningful masterpiece that tells his own take on the story of our time. In it we recognize another leadership aspect of art: artists, like leaders, can capture the world on our behalf and thereby create a feeling of solidarity through the embodied message” said Andrea Derler, leadership coach.

Stretch the Strangle Hold, a new painting by American Painter Joe Lovett, a work spanning seven years from 2004 until its completion in 2011 protests the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information about Stretch the Strangle Hold please visit or call 734-417-4374.

About Stretch the Strangle Hold

Stretch the Strangle Hold is my response to the lie of war, my mission is to convey a visual message for the general public as well as a visual reminder that we as a global society have a responsibility to speak out against inhumanity, I seek the truth through artistic activism.


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