Limited edition Print of "PEACE"
One of my more unusual paintings of Newcastle is this one of the War Memorial in Old Eldon Square which depicts St George slaying the dragon.
The painting is set against the backdrop of a winter sky, indicating the bleakness of war. The inscription of “Peace” is a sign of the hope of peace which we ought to seek amongst our fellow human beings.
The monument was dedicated to the men of Newcastle district who lost their lives in the First World War. Later the monument was further dedicated to those lost in the Second World War.
There have been numerous times when folk have looked at the painting and thought it was somewhere like Prague, not realising that it was their home town.
The background buildings are the rooftops of Emerson Chambers, one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the UK. One can also see Grey’s Monument, a further clue that the scene is Newcastle upon Tyne.
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