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What is Aleppo? 5 | by lapata
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What is Aleppo? 5

This painting continues my series that explores life in eastern Aleppo, Syria, which is currently under siege and heavy bombardment from the Russian-backed Syrian government. I've been inspired by the so-called 'Cat man of Aleppo', Mohammad Alaa Jaleel, who ran a cat shelter in Aleppo, caring for cats (and people) rendered destitute by the civil war. The cat shelter has now split up, with various families fleeing the area with all the cats. This painting recalls the days not so long ago when little children used to visit the shelter.


Acrylic on wooden panel, 24" x 24'.

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Taken on December 1, 2016