Family commemoration commissions

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My personal tribute to Sydney Hurst, my great uncle, is a small casket, which distills all the information I managed to amass from the fragments of his short life. Photos of his own relatives and his male descendants, Peter, Richard, William, Dan and Boris who only knew him from two surviving photos.  A map shows the exact location of his death, from where he was exhumed before being laid to rest in the London Cemetery, at Neuville-Vitasse and phials of blood and soil hang down to represent his death by a piece of shrapnel through the heart.  It features a toy plastic heart, metal soldiers and my only piece of actual memorabilia, Sydney’s medal.  References to roses echo his job maintaining the local park and his love of gardening and the coal is a good luck talisman taken to battle by many soldiers. Works for family commemorations made to commission.

 

 

 

 

Final works for the Somme: mixed media

 

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“Women of Britain say “Go””

oil and sewn canvas

100 x 80

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“Coming back is harder”

oil and sewn canvas

100 x 80

Finished works for Acid Drop Copse The Somme”

 

 

A wax montage of soldiers, photography and pewter is made after Caspar David Friedrich’s  “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.”   Sydney Hurst stands  high above  a mound of dead toy soldiers and looks into our eyes in wonderment, forcing us to question the significance of the individual and the events that took place in this landscape.

 

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After Caspar David Friedrich’s “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog.”

Wax on board with toy soldiers and pewter

70 x 140 framed

 

Acid Drop Copse final works

 

“My personal tribute to Sydney Hurst is a small casket, which distills all the information I managed to amass from the fragments of his short life. Photos of his own relatives and his male descendants, Peter, William, Dan and Boris who only knew him from two surviving photos. A map shows the exact location of his death, from where he was exhumed before being laid to rest in the London Cemetery, at Neuville-Vitasse and phials of blood and soil hang down to represent his death by a piece of shrapnel through the heart. It features a toy plastic heart, metal soldiers and my only piece of actual memorabilia, Sydney’s medal. References to roses echo his job maintaining the local park and his love of gardening and the coal is a good luck talisman taken to battle by many soldiers.”

 

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“Danke schoen”

Box and objects under glass

30 x 46

Acid Drop Copse final work

 

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“The Front 1”

Wax soldiers, oil, window

50 x 20

Finished works for Acid Drop Copse “The Somme”

A  World War One boot embedded in wax crops entitled  “Legitimised Contempt for Individual Life” is an expression of my personal response to the raw horror of the battlefield.  A solitary body part and name tag lie alone in a burnt field, since destroyed by the ravages of war, echoing the beauty of what is no more.

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“Legitimised Contempt for Individual Life”

Crops, boot, wax and tag on board

110 x 70