Windham Hime Memorial Exhibition 2013

February 4, 2013

Neville Hull with 'Unknown 6'

Neville Hull with ‘Unknown 6’

An Exhibition by Neville Hull

This year’s Windham Hime Memorial Exhibition features work by the award-winning Lincolnshire artist Neville Hull.  A graduate of Chelsea College of Art, Neville has exhibited work at the Usher Gallery in Lincoln, The Ferens Gallery in Hull, and most recently at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln.  In recent years Neville has won several prestigious prizes for his portraits, notably the Lincolnshire Pride Award, achieved at the Carre Gallery’s very own summer exhibition in 2010, and first prize in the Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery open art competition of 2011.  Outside the UK his work hangs in private collections in France and Australia.

Stanley by Neville Hull

Stanley by Neville Hull

This exhibition centres on a set of portraits of war veterans, a three-year project that Neville says represents a lifelong wish to express his empathy for those caught up in the horror of warfare.  Having been struck by a powerful image of Vietnamese soldiers in the news media of the 1960s Neville was drawn back to this subject matter for this exhibition.

The large Somersby Room at the gallery houses three large haunting images of ‘The Betrayed’ along with a smaller image displaying the infamous slogan ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (Labour makes you free) posted at the entrance of many German concentration camps.

The Bainton Room has a display of portraits entitled ‘Veterans’.  Neville explains, “I decided to make a series of pictures to identify with and celebrate the ordinary human who finds himself involved in the crazy nightmare called war.  I want to celebrate these men as examples of their kind, awarding them, and the countless others who they represent, respect for their exposure to the extremity of human experience found in war.”

Alongside these powerful images are some war-themed poems including ‘Anthem for a doomed Youth’ by English poet and soldier Wilfred Owen who was killed in action in 1918.

Although perhaps best known for his detailed portraiture, Neville’s current work includes imaginative abstract and figurative paintings and drawings in a range of media, some of which are displayed in the Candlesby Room of the gallery.

Exhibition Opening:  Mon 04 Feb until Sat 16 Feb: 10 am – 4 pm (closed Sundays).

Captive 3 (left) and Foul (right) by Neville Hull

Captive 3 (left) and Foul (right) by Neville Hull

Images of artwork supplied by the artist.  Photograph of Neville Hull by Martin Cameron.
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