Dialogue with Death Exhibition

In March 2015 I was pleased to exhibit some of my war series paintings at the Dialogue with Death exhibition in the Crypt Gallery in St Pancras London, here are some images from the show...

 

click here to see the original programme for the exhibition

dialogue with death exhibition images of paintings

The Dialogue with Death exhibition was organised by Adelinda Allegretti and she selected the ideal spot - the crypt of the oldest Church in London.

 

It was damp, gloomy in parts, a little cold and I swear haunted - the natural home for artwork on death.

 

There were sixteen artists contributing including a sculptor. The mix of paintings sculptures and tombs in that space created a perfect feel for the show 

The Great War begins.

 

Unfolding inevitability towards the bloodiest battles in history.

 

Slaughter on an industrial scale brought on by the invention of the field and machine gun plus leaders with a mindset from earlier conflicts. 

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dawning of war

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The painting here is called "A Soldier's Journey" describing abstractly the expectations of a soldier sent to France during The Great War.

 

His journey has mud, thick sickening mud before he is "released" to join his comrades under neatly kept gravestones.

 

 

here is the painting closer up >>>

Flanders a world war one soldier's journey painting by alan brain

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The painting "Danger Tree" behind the sculpture is about the last tree remaining on the Somme after the great battle - it was called "Danger Tree" for obvious reasons, it is still there.

 

Here is a close up

 

First world War Paintings - Danger Tree

And here are some of the other paintings that were on show there...

contemporary war Painting about Flanders Fields

paintings about war

contemporary war artwork daddy

contemporary war painting trench

The last one... The Somme 1918 - nobody really wanted to be there and now they have left by one means or another.

Great War Battles Art The Somme

click here to see more war artwork by Alan Brain 

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