"An artistic interpretation of text, free from the confines of specific political argument or exact historical flow"
By Ramzy Baroud

  • 2014 whose centenary
  • Plenty of shells but no English beer banner
  • Soldier's Farewell
  • Biggleswade Chronicle 1900s
  • Biggleswade Chronicle 1900s
  • Framed Pieces Optional.

2014 : Whose Centenary!
1914 Start of 25,326 souls lost per day for duration of 1461 days because of 1 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria!
"Cui Bono Centenarius MMXIV

When I first heard of this community project in Arlesey "Arlesey Remembers You", remembering the young men who died in the First World War I was intrigued. I was invited to one of their meetings to see how I could get involved.

It all seemed very fitting as my own personal opinions about the First World War and my current social political artwork matched up with the ethos of the project. I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore the First World War in more depth and using letters which were sent from the front to the local newspaper and families who were back in Arlesey, Bedfordshire.

Arlesey is the longest village in England and had a high uptake for the front lines of men early on in the First World War. Obviously a result of that they had a high fatality rate in relation to the population of the village.

This great loss is reflected in the size and expense of the War Memorial, so by using letters which were written from these young men from the longest village in England will bring a new dimension to our understanding of the effect of war on small villages in Great Britain and the social change of Arlesey throughout the war.

This four-year project consists of 87 prints will be created in reflection of the 87 men who died fighting for our freedoms.

World War I gave the people of England a voice and forced the aristocrats to shake up to the realities of real life. They no longer could stick to their archaic belief that it was their God-given right to rule over us. The horrific loss of life throughout the classes of Great Britain, changed the whole social structure of these great islands for the better and for a fairer society.

No people or country won the war, just the banks who are still playing the same game a hundred years on. We as people need to keep alive the memory of the Great War alive. The war was so horrific we cannot even comprehend 1% of the terrible things which these young men saw and experienced. It is their sacrifice they made and their time in history which we need to remember otherwise future family members will go through it again. History has a tendency to repeat itself.

As an artist, I am in a unique position in the modern day. I am severely dyslexic and therefore protected from all of the written propaganda. Armed with an unusual analytic long-term memory along with the gift of an artist to create imagery. The image is a unique use of communication. It is the only form which invites the viewer in at their own free will and allows them to explore the work in their own time.

Paul Nash is one of Britain's most famous war artist to bring home the full horrors of the war. As he wrote to his wife from the front on 16 November 1917:

“I am no longer an artist. I am a messenger who will bring back word from the men who are fighting to those who want the war to go on for ever. Feeble, inarticulate will be my message, but it will have a bitter truth and may it burn their lousy souls.”

We are still fighting the same people today. War has never stopped, it has just changed its name and location. The bankers are all the same for all sides of wars for a least 500 years.

It is vital to tell the people story that is why I am creating 87 copperplate etchings over the four years in response to letters which were published in the local newspapers, 87 etchings to represent the loss of life in Arlesey and it will be limited edition of 100 to represent the centenary of the War to End all Wars. This is not a memorial art piece, this is a contemporary comment of the current state of war and conflict around the world in relation to the horrific loss of life from World War I. We need to realise that war does not resolve human differences around the world. The people of these glorious islands which they call Great Britain are not aggressive and historically do not like wars, we welcome people and give equal rights to anyone who fall under our territories historically under common law.
Individual framed prints will be £100 and 30% will be donated to ‘Arlesey Remembers You’ project.
The full collection of 87 prints will be housed in several archival boxes and will be available for £1914 and you will receive the prints by post over the four years. 30% will be donated to ‘Arlesey Remembers You’ project. Remaining funds after the project has been completed will be donated to the White Poppy Appeal or Stop the War campaign.

Other payment options available. You can pay in installments. For example if you wanted the full collection of 87 prints you could pay over the four years with monthly instalments of £40 per month or a yearly payment of £478.50p.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me at info@dekkle.com or visit www.davidborrington.com
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David Borrington MA RCA
"All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent."  Edmund Burke