Last Chance to See: Drawn to Danger - War Artists at Work at Melton Carnegie Museum

By Richard Moss | 01 September 2010 | Updated: 01 September 2100
a paiting showing British Servicemen hauling their gear across a desert landscape
Arabella Dorman, Leaving Camp© Arabella Dorman

Exhibition: Drawn to Danger - War Artists at Work at Melton Carnegie Museum until September 5 2010.

As the eyes of the western media turn from the war in Iraq towards the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan an exhibition at Melton Carnegie Museum in Leicestershire has been focussing on the British soldier’s experience of the conflicts of Iraq and Bosnia.

The hard hitting exhibition, Drawn to Danger - War Artists at Work, includes work by Arabella Dorman, who witnessed the conflict in Iraq alongside the paintings of Peter Howson, Britain's official war artist during the Bosnian conflict.

a ghostly painting of a soldier who dissolves against a wall depicting the faces of fallen comrades
Arabella Dorman, The Faces of the Fallen
The latter’s grotesque style captures the horrors of the Bosnian war with controversial, but brutally honest images, which according to Peter Osborne, the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council “give an insight into what our troops have to deal with and brings the reality of war straight into our hearts and minds.”

Juxtaposed against these gritty scenes are selections of First World War posters designed by Frank Brangwyn, whose dramatic and frequently romantic paintings contrast sharply with the work of his successors.

Images Copyright Arabella Dorman 
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