Colour in Parenthesis, 2018/19

‘Colour in Parenthesis’. These drawings originated in a visit to Mametz Wood, a battlefield on the Somme in 2017. David Jones, the London based, Welsh painter was wounded there in 1916 and wrote his poem ‘In Parenthesis’, which returns to the battle, dwelling towards the end on a vision that came to him while lying wounded. I was struck by Jones’ reference to colour and my drawings are an attempt to re-create the order that Jones imposes on the chaotic scene through his regular attention to colour. It was raining when I visited the scene and so I drew it through the watery windscreen of my car. It was frequently difficult to distinguish Mametz Wood from the slanting streams of rain across the windscreen and this elision characterises the series of drawings that followed.

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