SMILE BOYS- THAT'S THE STYLE(THE ACCRINGTON PALS)

2003
 
ACRYLIC
30" x 24", 76 cms x 61 cms
8500

Exhibited in 2006 at the Haworth Art Galllery in my home town of Accrington in the exhibition to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, alongside paintings loaned from the Imperial War Museum by Paul Nash and C.R.W. Nevinson.

Out of respect for the terrible suffering endured by the Pals who were in the front line on the first morning, it was a work I didn't attempt until I felt my artistic skills were sufficienty developed. Like Pat Barker's 'Resurrection' books or Sebastian Fawkes 'Birdsong' it is meant to help keep alive the reality of war we must never forget. When it was about 3/4 finished, The attrocities of 9/11 happened and for a time we feared the painting might turn out to be an omen. My mother-in-law had to have it turned to the wall when she was in the room because she could see our two sons in Corporal Dixon and Private Grimshaw.