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  "Bird and Flowers"
English,Christopher-Hospital Ward
Hospital Ward / Painting Oil / 48 inches by 35 inches / N.F.S

Description: Hospital Ward Lying flat, tilted back, watching the sun flowering The window of the ward, Birds soar in a horizonless sky, The orthopaedic ward has become a world Through the months, Walls of houses have been torn down To reveal humanity in the street. A spectacle of people in a theatre of reality. Racked limbs strung up in webs of strings and pulleys For the man who's wife {?} In her graceful animal furs Complained of having no holiday, and the mother-in-law. No doors are closed to hidden stresses, Pain tells who you are. The Airforce pilot flung out of a car, Landing on his back, prospects of a crippled future. The hallucinating patient who saw spirits. The Greek cultured family around their injured son While their mother breast-feeds the youngest. The gypsies..... Religion, pornography, daily papers. Lonely men, anxious and afraid. Families gathering around their General Joe. The breaking and pulling back together again Bones, emotions, relationships. People mellowed into coping, For some, Having been through it all before. Resilient, astonishing attitudes That had pulled through, To have lived through, To have seen through A shattered importance. c C. English

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Christopher English

During my education I attended two boarding schools. I left school in 1968 and went to train as a drawing office tracer in Leeds. I then went to live in Harrogate in 1970. I started work at that same time for a company of chemical combustion engineers. I started writing poems and painting in oil colours in my spare time. To follow my interest in painting I went to art school in the evenings. I had a lot of encouragement from various poetry events, workshops, friends etc. I was made redundant from work in 1985 and decided that there was no future for me in drawing office work. I wanted to get a degree in fine art. I did a foundation course in art at Harrogate Art College. I then went on to do a Fine Art Painting degree at Loughborough University, where I graduated in 1994. Besides exhibiting my paintings at various exhibitions, I have self published a book of my poems and paintings, which I up date as I produce new work. The book title is: `A King Rose to build a Palace.' and is available from myself upon request via my web site.
I show the symbolic images in my paintings as a complement to the imagery evoked in my poems. Ideas for the symbolism in my art derive from my poetry. Content of artwork is allegorical, full of metaphor, connotation and ambiguity. I start a painting with a combination of several images from a poem. Discovery and suggestion from my imagination emerge during the painting process and are a supplement to the poetry. The result has the intrinsic value of both poem and painting. Indeed, I show where the ideas in the paintings came from, hence the publication of my poems and paintings together.
I am a member of a group of local artists that exhibit in local galleries and the local community. Web site address: http://www.artspace-lboro.co.uk/index.html

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