Scary Monster by David Gross

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Artist Statement

"The painting was made by an 11-year-old Syrian boy as part of an art therapy exercise in which children draw scary, bad things in two colors. The boy said, black is for scariness, and red is for blood. The art therapist said, what you want to say to the monster? The boy said, I am not afraid of you. The art therapist said, what did the monster say to you? The boy said, the monster says, no, you are afraid of me. Answer him, The art therapist said. The boy said a loud, laughing voice, I am not afraid of you! The Syrian teacher said, when you?re laughing he won?t take you seriously. Say what you mean. So the boy said, using an Arabic expression, I will curse your father if you hurt me!" - David Gross

The paintings in this series were made by Syrian refugee children as part of program to bring psychological survival skills to refugee children. The Inside-Outside Project and visited schools in Reyhanli, Gaziantep and Kahramanmara? (Turkey), and in Jbeil and Beirut (Lebanon). is a program to teach psychological survival skills to refugee children. There is not enough psychosocial support for refugees, many of whom symptoms of trauma from their war experiences. The seeds of future wars is planted in the children of today?s wars, and hopes to bring easy to implement, low-cost, reproducible help to better the lives of children of war ? to reduce the future effects of today?s wars. Learn more about at See photographs of the children at

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.