Osama Bin Laden’s son loves painting Americana

'I like old Western films. I respect cowboys. I love cowboy dignity.'

Omar Bin Laden.

While Osama bin Laden was reviled for killing Americans in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, one of his sons is a huge fan of the country, according to Vice.

Omar bin Laden, Osama’s fourth-eldest son, now 39, particularly loves to paint Americana, he said in a recent interview with Vice.

Omar cited Clint Eastwood’s 1992 film Unforgiven as his favourite movie and his work often “depicts the indicative elements of Westerns, such as desert landscapes with cacti, train tracks and dried bones.”

Omar said: “I like old Western films. I respect cowboys. I love cowboy dignity.”

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His favourite art, titled “Arizona Desert,” illustrates a rustic cabin among a forest of cacti beneath a bright moon. Another, “American Dream,” features a bull skull and a gnarled desert shrub against a mountainous, clay-red backdrop.

Apparently he likes them because they remind him of his childhood in Saudi Arabia on farms, the New York Postreported.

“The need to draw and paint runs in my blood,” said Omar, referring to his mother, Najwa Ghanem, and others on his maternal side who painted.

“I miss the fun times I had, the times when I was too young to know and too innocent to see the world around me,” he told Vice. “I miss the vast stretches of desert dunes and rolling seas. I miss the peace of childhood.”

Omar has publicly condemned the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and Washington, DC that were carried out by al Qaeda and led by his father.

Omar now lives in Normandy.

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