WAR is the main theme in the latest exhibition in the big Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough, Halifax.
Artists and collectors were asked to respond to the last show, which included Michael Sandle’s huge bronze sculpture of Mickey Mouse firing a heavy machine gun – symbolic of America’s war episodes.
The exhibition still gives pride of place to Michael’s drawing for the sculpture and several other exhibits are drawings of the sculpture in one form or another.
But the first world war also looms large. Percy Smith’s The Dance of Death 1914-18 is a powerful series of etchings including skeletons, and the angel of death. Death Waiting, Death Intoxicated and Death Marches are among titles.
Paul Slater’s Piano, is, in fact, a first world war tank and, in his Last Supper painting, we see a British Tommy having a drink on a cloth-covered table in the middle of the battlefield.
Tony Chisholm’s highly symbolic painting is in remembrance of his uncle, John Oliver, who was one of the thousands to die on the first morning of the Battle of the Somme. He was just 18 and his Army number 1158 is included in the work. He has no known grave.
Doug Binder, well-known for his life studies, has painted a dramatic scene of violence in his large oil, Massacre of the Innocents.
Mark Murphy’s large photograph shows a march in 2003, demanding Freedom for Palestine and calling for no invasion of Iraq.
Michael Sandle’s contribution on the Iraq war is a black and white triptych, with a nude couple in the centre and scenes of violence and death on either side.
Seabirds are turning into mines in Huddersfield satirist John Ross’s titled The RSPB prepares itself against the threat of the Caliphate.
Wayne Markwort has a sculpture of Three Missile Boys, carrying deadly weapons and his video Massacre of the Innocents tilts at Gordon Brown’s assertions on the welfare of children. It asks the question, how many children have been killed with weapons paid for by your taxes?
The exhibition runs until September 21.