A series of paintings by contemporary artist Al Saralis which convey the tumult behind Brexit are being shown at Amanda Aldous Fine Art in Hampshire.
Al Saralis has created a beautiful set of paintings of young individual figures draped in the Union Jack. He explains “I’m not trying to make a political statement but the inspiration came from the awareness of a disgruntled nation.”
Images of the Union Jack for the last 200 years have generally stirred something deep and positive in men and women across the social spectrum. Now perhaps the flag is an even more potent symbol trying to hold the nation together and remind us we are bound by a common history which has had its high and low points, a common culture and a desire for the best for our country. “I see the series as being reflective of things that are happening around us, and the exploration of patriotism”
It feels like we are drowning in a never-ending sea of information about Brexit with all factions trying to bring about what they believe is the best result for Britain. Yet there is a danger that solidarity amongst the Brits that has always been so strong is being severely tested and we are being forced into two tribes, with divisions between young and old, North and South or traditional party political attachments.
These timeless and haunting images are a world away from any tension or division. Instead they evoke a poignant calm reminiscent of the classical beauty of Renaissance painting yet the figures are resolutely modern.
Amanda Aldous Fine Art specialises in contemporary and 20th Century painting, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery is situated in Hampshire between Basingstoke and Farnham, just a few minutes from Junction 5 of the M3.