Nearer My God to Thee

16" x 21"

Nearer My God To Thee

Nearer My God To Thee  is one of JK's most popular paintings because of its depiction of how people fear death—"just a deep sleep and nothingness a lot like being in a coma".  If heaven is so beautiful why is everyone so afraid to die? Everyone is slipping toward the unknown when they die so they cling to life by their fingernails.  Remarkable in this painting are the repeat patterns similar to the wall in Paralysis but more importantly the nine, nearly invisible faces with bright yellow eyes behind the falling figure.
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Very Still Life

16" x 21"

Very Still Life

Very Still Life depicts the fragility of life, warm colors when alive and icy cold when dead.  Aging wrinkles the face and eventually the mask comes off.  When JK was asked why he put the flower in the eye, he said "that is where the iris is."
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Fa La La La,-La La,-La,-LA!

Fa La La La La, - La La, - La, - LA!

This commemoration of what is considered to be divine birth is usually framed within the juvenile delights of irrelevant rituals and icons. Hopelessly enmeshed in the tawdry garlands, a degenerate and decaying spirit vainly seeks renewed vitality and sustenance in the paradox which has set and sealed its fate. Is the ultimate glorification in garlands and gifts, trees and tinsel, hearths and holly, or Santa and reindeer? If not, if there is a too intimate and hypocritical involvement with false idols, then the boot should be lifted off quickly, the candle lighted, and the cobwebs brushed away. But alas, it might be too late, for dry bones cannot do it.

 

Fa La La La La depicts the waste and commercialism of Christmas when people starve while others get unnecessary gifts.  Opponents of JK say this is an example of how he likes to kill babies.  NO!!  The Santa foot on crushing the baby Jesus is how profit has crushed the real meaning of the season.  JK thought people might see Jesus in the white candle stick and it has been snuffed out.
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For He Is Raised

21" x 26"

For He Is Raised

For He Is Raised depicts how religion has become distorted by using pagan symbols of fertility (rabbits and eggs) to further manipulate the meaning of Easter.  The small print, on the cross the rabbit is holding, is INRI, is an old version of "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews."
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Brotherhood

24" x 30"

Brotherhood

Brotherhood depicts the two faced behavior regarding men and prejudice.

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Gourmet War

24" x 30"

Gourmet War

What is war? It is a grotesque farrago of violent death and destruction, crosses, weeping mothers, patriotism and high paying jobs. War is the bizarre perpetually periodic metamorphosis of human nature into absolute evil resulting in mind-boggling mass suicide with human kind devouring or trying to devour itself, all orchestrated by humanity's only true and beloved pagan God, Mars. We will not settle for less than the "flower of evolution" as the main course in this insane autophagy embellished by bountiful sided dishes and fanciful shakers filled with the "fruits" of our marvelous hands and big starving brains. How long before we really believe that salvation lies in the far more "nutritious" and healthful viand offered by the sadly neglected garden of human compassion and understanding? Considering the status of brotherhood throughout history and today, probably too long.

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Genocide

Genocide

The inhuman gall and depravity inherent in the planning and execution of race murder defy comprehension. Any such attempt (including this painting) would never convey the real meaning of unlimited murder for the purpose of artificial extinction, beginning with the Indians in the Western Hemisphere. This painting, framed in barbed wire, commemorates the two most well known attempt at genocide in modern times: The Turkish massacre of one and one half million Armenians during World War I and the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews during World War II. To fail to take but token interest in the while ugly affair, to avoid making it almost hereditary memory, would be abdicating decent human responsibility and thereby assuring recurrence, - as is happening at this very moment.The doctor's extreme passion resulted in him putting the final touches of the dripping blood using his own actual blood.

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Coma

Coma

Coma depicts the floating state of a person between sleep and death.  There is a haunting ghost-like face and a return of the ripples seen in the feet and sheet as seen in Bach's ascot the stomach of paralysis.
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Fever

17" x 25"

Fever

Depicted in this piece is the great discomfort of intense bodily heat. The inferno is internal, and in some tragic cases even the will to live is charred. JK was inspired to paint this piece after spending time with a patient who described his ongoing fever.

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Fever

Paralysis

In his series of medical maladies, Dr. Kevorkian said this about Paralysis...

 

A physiologically chained brain and spinal cord cannot motive or empower. Or, is it sick muscle, like petrified statuary, that cannot respond? Despair and panic accentuate such biological incarceration as though one is helplessly trapped by dank encroaching walls. In time there will be atrophy, - hopefully only corporeal, not of the spirit.
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Bach

15" x 18"

Bach

My paltry works herein presented
Are a token of awe thereby vented
For old BACH as the best,
And the way it's expressed
He would hopefully not have resented.

 

Jack Kevorkian was so moved by his favorite composer BACH that he painted this image of him. He felt that he was the greatest of all the genius composers. Jack composed his own music and played several instruments including the flute and the organ. He even composed original music for a film that he produced in Hollywood based on Handel’s Messiah. A scene in the GOLDEN GLOBE and multi- EMMY AWARD winning film YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, starring Al Pacino as the notorious doctor, shows Kevorkian confronting protestors from a religious organization, and he says” My God is Johan Sebastian Bach, at least my God isn’t a made up one”. That was a direct quote from the doctor himself.

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Chromatic Fantasy

Chromatic Fantasy

Beauty and grandeur are joys.
That the splendor of music best cloys,
Preferentially based
On a wide range of taste
From old BACH down to sounds more like noise.

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Fugue

Fugue

Bach was blind and was dying when he
Composed The Art of the Fugue that will be
Forever the peak
Of that fugal technique
Or polyphony to nth degree.

 

An F-clef lower in sound and deeper in color that the upper clef.  Musical notes spell out  B A C H.
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Double Cross of Justice

Double Cross of Justice

The current widespread and ineradicable distrust of jurisprudence in America is to be expected and is justified. It is expected, because the exalted ideal of justice is diminished by its practice. In the painting the impairment of one cross, the scales of justice, it obvious; but its background shadow is not the other cross. The latter indeed is a shadow; and if you spot it, you will grasp how unspeakably corrupt the system really is. Both crosses overlie as if to conceal and to desecrate the theoretically ideal instruments of rights and justice. Don't ever forget the legacy of evil exemplified by "esteemed" judicial enforcement of our "Dred Scott" laws and of their "Nuremberg" laws. That diabolical spirit is still at work here in America.

 

Double Cross of Justice  shows JK's contempt for the justice system that continues to trample on individual rights as seen most recently in his 9th Amendment picture.  In Double Cross most people see the broken scale of justice and ironically what looks like a Christian cross (another example of the conflict between church and state on so many issues).  More subtle is the swastika that shadows the edge of the Constitution, the candle stick and the Bill of Rights.  Governments can become the opposite of what they are suppose to be.
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9th Amendment

48.5" x 24.5"

9th Amendment

The Forgotten 9th Amendment

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by THE PEOPLE.

 

This is the last painting Dr. Kevorkian painted after leaving prison.   It has been close to twelve years since he had painted.  It is a stunning POP-Art style painting in the style of Warhol featuring James Madison and his thought that was is the great danger to liberty.

 

The reason why JK opted to pick up a paintbrush at the age of 82 was to illustrate how American rights have been trampled upon. He felt that the Bush administration put in motion a level of tyranny with a goal to steal the rights granted to every American in the Constitution. This treasury bill is chock full of references to that notion.

 

The numbers on the left hand side are Jk’s prison number (284797) followed by the years he was in prison from 99 - 07 thus 284797-99-07. The MMX under his name is, of course, 2010 when he painted this just before he went to the US Supreme Court in October to protest for the use of the 9th Amendment by the Courts.
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Thanatron

21" x 23" x 10"
(Approximate dimension of instrument in case)

Thanatron

Often referred to in the press as the "Death Machine" that is a far cry from what this actually is! Reality is that the THANATRON (which was later called the MERCITRON, renamed by Kevorkian’s famed first attorney, the outspoken Geoffrey Fieger) is a device that was created by the Doctor so that any patient that merely had the use of only one finger, could quickly and painlessly leave their daily suffering behind. Although religious zealots disagree with individual’s right to decide when life is no longer worth living, this device was carefully crafted to insure the most painless and smooth experience, which is far better than what is used by most states in barbaric executions…something that the Doctor was staunchly against. The device was made from parts that were garnered from a hardware store and the Salvation Army, where Kevorkian shopped, as he never charged a single cent for his services. It worked by releasing three chemicals, one after the other. The first created a sense of tranquility, the second stopped the heart and the third, stopped brain function. An overwhelming majority of Americans support the right to die, if and when the quality of life is deemed too painful or daunting to continue. Dr. Kevorkian required 3 specialists, including a psychiatrist, to sign off, before a patient could even be considered for his involvement. The most important parameter was the prognosis that the patient would never get better. This device was used to end suffering in more than 100 patients. He received more than 10,000 requests for help, and most were denied.  Many view this device as an important step in medical history. He was the grandfather of the modern physician suicide movement, and as state by state adds a related piece of proposed legislature, he predicted that one day soon, this country will allow individuals to retain the right as granted by the 9th Amendment of the Constitution….to decide for themselves when "enough is enough". His last painting, THE 9th AMENDMENT, was an ode to that important law as set forth by our forefathers.


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