Charles Burton, Peter Catrell and Professor Tony Curtis - The First World War A Commemorative Anniversary of Remembrance
Saturday 27 October – Saturday 1 December
Charles Burton, born 1929 and National Eisteddfod Gold Medal winner at the age of 25, was part of a group of artists from the Rhondda who took their ideas and visions from the South Wales Coal Fields to Cardiff and beyond. Since the 1950s, he has produced a little seen body of work based on the First World War - in the words of the poet and writer Professor Tony Curtis “a powerful, cumulative effect…evoking the whole range of emotions of the Western Front”. Today, Burton lives in the Vale of Glamorgan, an area familiar from his days as Head of Art at the former South Glamorgan College of Education in Barry.
In contrast, Scottish-born Peter Cattrell’s haunting photographic images ‘Echoes of the Great War’ created through different seasons over the past 20 years, transport us to the Western Front scene of some of the bloodiest military battles in history. He completed a degree in Photography at the London College of Printing and has taught at the UAL since 1986. The trigger for the project was the loss of his Great Uncle from Sheffield, a landscape artist who had fought in the war, and research into some of his friends in the battalion who had died.
Opening: Saturday 10 November, 11.00am. All Welcome