Peaceful Protest 570 x 377, linocut
|John Roome spells out the clause "Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket, and to present petitions" on banners held by the demonstrators that fill his image. Trumpeting angels at the top herald to the enormous congregation below the advent of the right to assemble, picket and present petitions freely. The dense, anonymous crowd - typical of John Roome's imagery - forms the shape of the African continent. However, a somewhat sobering note is introduced into this optimistic image with the flames behind the angels, a symbol of violence - past and present.
A painter, sculptor and enamellist, John William Roome was born in 1951 in Pietersburg, Northern Transvaal. He holds an M.A. degree in Fine Art from Rhodes University and now lectures in the Department of Fine Art at Natal Technikon in Durban. John Roome has had solo exhibitions in Durban, Johannesburg and Paris, and participated in numerous group exhibitions in South Africa and Europe.