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Soldiers’ Flowers – Artists in Afghanistan

June 19, 2012

Yesterday was a busy day. In the morning I collected my results from Cardiff School of Art and Design in Howard Gardens. It’s quite a stressful experience waiting for and then collecting the envelope; looking at it and realising that it contained the results of the last three years of ones life! Anyway – I got a 1:1 so was pretty pleased.

After that it was a mad dash down the M4 to the National Army Museum in London where a book launch was being held. The event was to launch the book Soldiers’ Flowers – Artists in Afghanistan which is a collection of drawings, paintings, poems and photographs created during the recent operation Herrick 15 in Helmand. Apart from three professional war artists, of which I was one, the book contains images and poems produced by serving soldiers. In 1944, Field Marshal Wavell compiled an anthology of poetry written during the Second World War. It was designed to be a record of soldiers’ experiences in conflict and was called Other Men’s Flowers, hence the title of this book. This was the first time I had seen the book – it was hot off the presses that very day. The other two artists involved were Graham Lothian and Matthew Cook and it is actually a very impressive piece of work. Not only because it contains drawings by me, but due to the thoughtful way that the images are arranged throughout the book and on each individual spread. All the proceeds from the book will go to five service charities: the Royal British Legion, the Army Benevolent Fund, the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and Combat Stress.

Details of how to obtain the book can be found here.

The launch and an exhibition of some of the work that can be found within it was held in the Museums impressive art gallery.

I exhibited my newest painting at the launch. It’s a painting made using Acrylic on canvas.

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