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Rules of Engagement
2002. A series of 8, full sized target boards, based on the NATO Figure 11 Target.
Medium : Acrylic on lining paper mounted on plywood panels.

I spent many years, probably too many, as a soldier. In that time I saw many changes but one image stayed constant. The Figure 11 target, or "Target, Figure 11/59 (Black/Sand), NSN 6920-99-439- 0237", is the standard target used by the British Armed Forces for practicing their personal firearms' skills. The target is a powerful, life-sized image, intended to represent a hostile and threatening enemy. He is not supposed to have any racial or national characteristics, but for a long time he represented the threat from Eastern Europe.

The irony is, he is always the victim. He's the one who is shot at every time he sticks his head above the parapet or turns to present his full view. He starts life as a fresh piece of paper pasted on to a plywood board supported by a plank of wood. Subsequent holes in his body will be patched by little pieces of paper and he will be put back on show to be shot at again. Eventually, when he is too damaged, another, fresh, target will be pasted over him. This process will continue until the plywood backing is so splintered and smashed that it can't support another target and it will be discarded. And, he's expected to make instant decisions under extreme duress. If he gets it wrong, the supporting planks will disappear.

 



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Terms of Engagement  - Full sized, Fig 11 Target.
2002. Medium: "The Financial Times" on Plywood

 

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Merry-Go-Round - Again! 2003
Acrylic on Canvas. 48" x 42".

£650.00
With acknowledgement to Mark Gertler and his amazing depiction of the stupidity and futility of war, painted in 1916 and now hanging in Tate Britain. Follow this link to see the painting.

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Merry-Go-Round - Again! - 2
2003. Mixed media sketch on 4 x A1 cartridge paper sheets. 64" x 48"

An enjoyable, preliminary study in a transcription of Gertler's painting. Most of it painted on the floor, stretched over a work bench .

 

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The Jew's Dance - ".....but the thorns tore his shabby coat from him, combed his beard, and pricked and plucked him all over his body"
From: In a New Light - The Brothers Grimm Revisited. An exhibition by Sarum Artists. This particular story will not be found in most Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales books - when you read the story, you will understand why.

Linocut illustration for "The Jew Among Thorns"
Limited edition of 10 - £60.00 each. Mounted but not framed (Only 3 now available)

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Sofya and David


"Sofya and David"
Oil on Canvas. 16" x 24"
£100.00

My inspiration for this painting was “Life and Fate” by Vasily Grossman. This book has been compared to “War and Peace”, but there are no joyful personalities and few flawless or inspiring characters. The narrative is unrelenting, often distressing, and primarily a story of betrayal and cruelty. One of the few exceptions is the story of a middle aged army doctor who comforts a small abandoned boy on their final journey to the gas chamber. It is painful and tragic, but it demonstrates how humanity can rise above the horror of tyranny.

“Life and Fate” has two oppressors, Hitler’s nazis and Stalin’s communists. Grossman was unafraid to show that both these evil systems were but mirror images of each other.

This painting was produced for Sarum Artists' exhibition "Inspired by Books"



 

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Ray Brotherton

"The Once and Future Family"
Oil on canvas. £150.00

My contribution to Sarums Artists' exhibition "Conversations with the Collection" at Salisbury Museum.

Despite the wealth of discovered artefacts, we know so little about our ancestors. Who they were, how they spoke, their beliefs and rituals are all mysteries. I was particularly drawn to the burial urns, which indicate that they cared about members of their society’s afterlife. Burial urns are one of the few pieces of surviving, tangible evidence that indicate that “Ancient Britons” had a belief in an afterlife.