I have been inspired by the poets of World War One when creating the idea for this artwork. Poet and poems include Wilfred Owen - Spring Offensive, John McCrae - In Flanders Fields, Siegfried Sassoon - Aftermath. The words from these poems all form part of the painting and glimpses of them can be read when viewing my work. Apart from this it is my intention that the verses can be read fully on the top and bottom rows of squares on the support.
Well I am about to go out to the studio to work on the 10th row of text squares for the Warhorse Painting. I was thinking about my research earlier this summer and remembered how much the Picasso painting Guernica inspired me. Firstly the horse in the painting and its distorted wild and pained form as the harlequin of a bull pierces its body. Secondly the idea that the painting was done in black and white to symbolise the fact that Picasso first heard about the disaster in the newspapers.
I wanted the Warhorse painting to create links to conflict and the horror of war through time or the 20th century. When creating the composition I deliberately distorted the horse's form with reference to this image.
Hello and welcome to my blog! I have decided to write this blog as a way of sharing my thoughts and ideas regarding my artwork using text or poems to create paintings. I create what I call paintings which are actually large and intricate collages or mosiacs made of text from poems.
I am currently creating a painting based on the book by Micheal Morpurgo. To create this artwork I chosen a selection of poems by different first world war poets. I also wanted to connect with current conflicts in the world through contemporary war poetry which will also be a part of the final painting I am making. The work will also mark the 100 year aniversary of the beginning of the conflict 1914 when its finished.