In paintings, Syrian artist shows the pain war has caused his country

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May 5, 2015

Essa Neima poses for a photo in his art studio in Washington.  The Syrian artist said he got the idea to showcase his countryÕs struggles after extremists killed a Jesuit priest friend there. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See SYRIA-ARTIST May 5, 2015.

Essa Neima poses for a photo in his art studio in Washington. The Syrian artist said he got the idea to showcase his countryÕs struggles after extremists killed a Jesuit priest friend there. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The sad realities of Syria’s civil war permeate the paintings of Essa Neima, a 34-year-old Syrian national.

At a recent exhibit, his oil on acrylic works ranged from depictions of damaged church and mosque mosaics, to a broken icon of Mary and a refugee woman forced into servitude by the need to survive.

Most of the paintings were strewn with the deep red color of blood.

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