A haunting exhibition of art warfare is to be displayed at a Lavenham art gallery in October.
The Lavenham Hall Gallery will display two remarkable artists with very different experiences of warfare, from which any gallery profits will be given to soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes.
At 91 years of age, Ron Olley may be the last remaining professional artist working in the UK who experienced the Second World War, having been at El Alamein and with the 8th Army in Italy.
His own father fought the whole way through the First World War, dying in 1930.
The 40 or so paintings in this exhibition have been painted from research of photographs of the time overlaid with Ron’s own experience of what it felt like to be in battle.
Anna Redwood, who is also displaying, was the official war artist to the 7th Armoured Brigade – the Desert Rats – for their final tour of Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in November 2013.
Her work from this tour was recently exhibited in London.
The exhibition will run from October 26 to November 2 and will be of particular relevance in the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War.