Oil on canvas
135 x 105 cm
‘War’ was living hell, on one day March 21st 1918 three and a half million shells were fired on British troops in five hours…They had no warning; it was carnage. I recently saw a photo of that carnage and wanted to paint it, for me this lone soldier captures the horror of war.
A few years ago I went on a trip to Kanchanaburi to see the 'Bridge over the River Kwai' and 'hellfire pass’. It’s called Hellfire Pass because the sight of emaciated prisoners labouring at night by firelight was said to resemble a scene from hell. Until then I didn't understand the horrors of war, I do now, and it left me with a feeling I will never forget It is the most haunting place I have ever been to, you almost feel the pain of the men and women who died there.
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