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“Life Goes On,” a multi-media exhibition by John Melillo, shows not just the “shock and awe” of Vietnam but also the “lighter side” of life there.
“I Found Vietnam to be a Beautiful Country with some beautiful people. They were all trying to do what we all try to accomplish – Survive, feed their families, be successful, and have a happy life! When you’re in all the turmoil of an active war, people still have to live,” reflects John Melillo, artist and Vietnam Veteran.
During his time in Vietnam, John took unique “exclusive never seen before” photos that captured not just shock and awe, but also the lighter side of Vietnam: How Life Goes On.
John prefers to reflect, as much as possible, on his Vietnam Tour as a positive “Life Goes On” experience. He tells this journey through multi-media, photos, and a short video series.
The exhibition also includes his “East End of Long Island Series,” over 60 oil paintings based and inspired by John’s family heritage and “life experiences” growing up on L.I.’s East End from 1950 to present.
Says John, “Oil painting is my medium. In the final analysis, I’ve learned that you have to feel your passion and act boldly. Do not be afraid of failure because painting is a very humbling experience, no matter who you are and what level you’re at.”
Be sure to follow John on his Instagram account.