To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, we are unveiling a miniature war sculpture that will also raise funds for The Royal British Legion.
On Monday 4th August, we will unveil ‘Never Forgotten’ by Nic Joly, a poignant commemorative piece to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. We are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for The Royal British Legion through the sale of miniature limited edition sculptures.
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Armed Forces charity, providing practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.
Nic Joly, who is known for his miniature pieces of sculptural theatre, has created 1,566 bronze pieces, reflecting the number of days that the First World War was fought. Joly has also included information on the back of every one to explain what happened on that particular day, making each one unique.
Each piece costs £695 and £100 from each sale will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
The artwork depicts two soldiers raising a red poppy – a direct reference to one of the most iconic images of war: the Joe Rosenthal photograph of US soldiers raising the flag on the island of Iwo Jima during the Second World War.
A spokesperson from The Royal British Legion, said:
“We are delighted that Nic has chosen The Royal British Legion to receive a share of the income from his fantastic project.
It is particularly poignant in this, the centenary year of the beginning of World War I, that he has chosen the poppy, the national symbol of remembrance, as the centrepiece of his work. The Royal British Legion was founded in the aftermath of The Great War and has, since 1921, provided support for the Armed Forces Community. Nic’s amazing gesture will help us to continue our work with serving personnel, veterans and Armed Forces families who are in need of help.”
Nic said he was inspired to create the original piece, the idea for which was conceived in 2012, after meeting a 96-year-old war veteran who had flown a glider into Arnhem in the Second World War, just weeks after the D-Day landings:
“In my own small way, I want this piece to remind us that all those who have given their lives in conflicts from The First World War until the present day will be ‘Never Forgotten’.
I was struck by the fact that what we all think of the first war is as distant history, a black and white image based view. The meeting made it all so real, and so relevant. All those that fought and died were just like you and me – they were normal people in a terrible situation but doing incredible things.”
As a gallery we feel privileged to have the sculpture on display for the lovely pole of Edinburgh to come and remember the lost soldiers of the First World War. ‘Never Forgotten’ is an emotive piece and reminds us to remember all those past and present, who have served and given their lives for the country.
Castle Fine Art celebrates a summer of Scottish Art
Artwork by some of Scotland’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, including comedian Billy Connelly are being celebrated this summer at Castle Fine Art Edinburgh.
The renowned fine art gallery, Castle Fine Art, Edinburgh will be displaying the works of Glaswegian Billy Connolly, who only debuted his art collection in 2012, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival between 1st and 25th August.
Other works by celebrated Scottish artists such as Alexander Millar and Stuart McAlpine Miller will also be on in Edinburgh, in Multrees Walk, St Andrew’s Square.
The exhibition will feature stunning representations of Edinburgh street scenes and landmarks, as well as wildlife scenes painted against the majestic backdrop of the Highlands. This has been timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, which begins on 23 July, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which takes place between 1 and 25 August.
Altogether, numerous pieces of limited-edition artwork will be displayed at the gallery for visitors to enjoy and to buy.
Our lovely gallery manager, Miriam Paterson has been quoted saying:
“This is an exciting year for Scotland, what with Homecoming Scotland being celebrated across the world and the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Glasgow, so what better way to mark the country’s creative excellence than with an exhibition that showcases some of our best artists? “We have put together a superb collection of paintings and artwork and expect interest to be high when we exhibit them, especially during Edinburgh Fringe festival and the games.
“All of the featured artists have a very strong base of collectors and their paintings are very popular across the world but I hope this new exhibition will bring them new admirers too.”
Connolly, known affectionately as the Big Yin, decided to take up sketching and painting in 2007 when he was in Canada. His passion for art grew and in 2012, unveiled his debut collection, Born On A Rainy Day, a series of six limited edition thought-provoking pen and ink drawings, for Castle Galleries.
He has described his work as bearing “no relation” to his comedy or music. Instead, he says it is: “pure and un-judged”.
Based on characters from the comedian’s imagination, the pieces have been likened to “cave art” that originated in Aurignacian culture between 35,000 and 45,000 years ago. Although the characters are faceless, they appear to possess depths of emotion and self-awareness.
Alexander Millar, who moved to Tyneside from Springside, Kilmarnock, in 1976, is famed for his works that feature the “Tyneside Gadgies”, working class men.
Ayrshire-born Stuart McAlpine Miller is a former artist-in-residence at The Savoy Hotel, London, who is known for creating the illusion of transparencies in his works through subtle and clever laying techniques. Described as “neo-figurative pop” by art critic Estelle Lovatt, McAlpine Miller’s collection features stylish, ‘supermodel-esqué’ women, superimposed over brightly coloured cartoons, in an illusionary world of comic book characters, all of which McAlpine Miller achieves painting with oils.