The Colours of History

For Queen and Country
Watercolour, pen and 1st class stamp on paper
June 2013
Available to purchase (framed)

The Colours of History is my first attempt at painting after a long hiatus following Colour on Paper. The aim of this creative cycle is to approach and engage with historical events in an abstractive, intuitive way through a mixture of media and techniques.

For Queen and Country was inspired by the tragic events in Woolwich. I wanted to explore the boundaries of patriotism and pacifism and the contested role of symbols. My starting points – the two ends of the spectrum on which For Queen and Country exists – were Steve McQueen’s Queen and Country artwork and David Gentleman‘s iconic posters for the Stop the War campaign.

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