Peter Thawley: Engaging with the art of war
The stark reality of war is depicted in Help And Remembrance, a work by local artist Peter Thawley, which will go on display at Bristol Cathedral on Monday, April 16.
It's described as "a painting of two halves – dark and light". The dark depicts the brutality of war-ravaged buildings, personalised with a single soldier's kit.
It's as if a soldier has simply undressed and left his clothing behind and it's so detailed even the netting on the helmet can be seen clearly.
The other aspect of the work portrays peace and hope, where "one can almost hear the waves lapping on the shore in brilliant sunlight".
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At the same time there's solemnity, as it is also accompanied by a row of gravestones interwoven with poppies.
Peter says: "I want people to engage their mind to explore a sensitive, emotional and honest picture.
"Pictorially it is encouraging you to see a world needing understanding and forgiveness.
"There is a cry for help which is strongly shown within the whole visual atmosphere of the picture, people involved in a violent world not of their making."
The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol, said: "We are delighted to have this striking and challenging picture in the cathedral and to have this added focus in a place where we pray daily for our armed services and all those confronted by violence and terror."
Help And Remembrance is being sold by silent auction to raise money for Help For Heroes and will be displayed at the Cathedral until May 11, when it will move to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre, Long Ashton, from May 14 to 17.
The silent auction is being overseen by Veale Wasbrough Vizards with the auction closing at 3pm on May 17.