'The free one'

Oil on canvas 
61 x 101 cm

Once in a while I visit South-Africa and every time I’m confused after seeing the gated communities and shops with a fence and doorbell. I know why they are there and I see the almost impassable problems the country has to deal with. The happy few have safely locked up themselves and the rest is free to wander and experience the rain.
Having grown up in Europe I don’t feel I am qualified to have an opinion, but I can’t refrain to ask myself; How happy are the few?

Here are 2 pictures taken on my road trip through South-Africa. They were the inspiration for this painting.