|Acrylic 24" x 32". Painted in monochrome first then with transparent glazes over to give depth to the colours.|
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Reflection of a Thousand Suns
The “Enola Gay”, a B-29 Superfortress of the United States Air Force, at 30,000 feet over the coastal city of Hiroshima in Japan, approximately one minute after detonation of the first atomic bomb used in wartime on August 6th 1945. Reflected in its polished aluminium fuselage you can see the characteristic mushroom cloud.
There has been much reflection on the use of the atomic bombs, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at the end of the Second World War in 1945. Few people realize that the earlier regime of incendiary bombings on Japanese cities, particularly Tokyo, were actually a greater cause of death and destruction. Essentially, war is both brutal and political and affects the lives of millions of ordinary people.
My father (now 91) was training in the R.A.F. to be a wireless operator/rear gunner on Wellington bombers. Although the war had ended in Europe, and “Victory in Europe” was celebrated on 8th May 1945, war continued in Asia and the Pacific and he was about to be posted to the Far East. My parents were married, in the short period of leave he had been granted, directly before he was due to be sent overseas. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led directly to the official end of World War II, and subsequently the celebration of “Victory over Japan Day” on August 15th 1945.
These events affected my life profoundly. If my father had seen active service in combat the average survival rate as a tail gunner meant you would probably not be reading this now, as neither I, nor my three brothers, would be here today.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of this tragic event; let us hope that these weapons are never used again.
Marcus Finch B.A. – May 2015
Reflections of Dunkirk – “Challenge”
At the beginning of World War II, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was sent to help defend France, following Germany’s invasion of Poland. However, by May 1940 they had become trapped along the northern coast of France by German forces. The stricken troops withdrew to the area around Dunkirk’s fortified port, with its 4 mile long sandy beach, it was hoped the surrounding marshes would help keep German tanks at bay.
Between 27th May and 4th June 1940, more than 800 allied ships, including hundreds of commercial and pleasure craft, answered the call from Winston Churchill and evacuated over 338,000 men, including 140,000 French troops, turning what at first had appeared to be a military defeat into a "miracle of deliverance”. This was code-named Operation Dynamo.
An almost incredible period of calm weather enabled the fleet of “Little Ships” to get in close to the beaches of Dunkirk to rescue troops being pushed back into the English Channel by the tides of war. Bigger craft could not sail so close, due to the shallow waters, so the smaller craft ferried men to them. Some formed linked jetties to reach the men waiting in snaking lines; waist, chest and neck deep in the cold water, under constant fire from ground troops, artillery and open to aerial attack from Germany’s Luftwaffe.
Steam tug “Challenge” was one of those heroic craft used, first to berth the bigger ships in the harbour inside the “East Mole” harbour arm, and then, as the harbour rapidly became blocked with sunken vessels, to rescue some of the many troops who were fast running out of food and water.
Challenge was restored extensively at Shoreham Harbour, although you can still see evidence of the battle scars from Dunkirk she carries to this day, and is now moored in Southampton port. You can learn more about her history at www.stchallenge.org
Marcus Finch B.A. – May 2015
I create art in most media - see my website at www.marcusfinch.co.uk|
which links to ceramics at marcusfinch.daportfolio.com
I exhibit with groups and individually. Works range from small drawings and paintings to large murals.
I enjoy a broad range of styles and subjects and have a particular interest in atmosphere and space.
I also use a lot of blue/red violet because I like it.
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Current Residence: U.K.
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Print preference: Quality
Favourite genre of music: Prog / rock
Favourite photographer: Sags
Favourite style of art: Lots
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: any
Shell of choice: Hard
Wallpaper of choice: Flock
Skin of choice: Smooth
Favourite cartoon character: Rex the Runt
Personal Quote: Life is a state of Mind
|“Spatial awareness is to know yourself in relationship to the universe – overcome the vertigo, shut your eyes and fly. There is no up or down, only relativity” - Marcus 2010|
Using acrylics is like oil painting in a time warp - "IT'S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT ......... "
“Creativity is the language of the soul – experience and technique build the dictionary” - Marcus 2010
“Seeing is the raw file – interpretation is “photoshop” in your head – let your hands do the printing”. Marcus 2010