Flanders Fields

by Brian Travers


DIMENSIONS: 22 x 50 inches (55.9 x 127 cm)
SIGNATURE: Stamped with the artist’s signifier (lower right); Inscribed (verso); Artist’s proof.


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    This work was inspired by a visit to the War Arboretum in Staffordshire, as well as the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, which reads:

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die

    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    Into the black background, Travers has painted some of the soil from the Ypres battlegrounds – this was kindly supplied by the Ypres tourist board.

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    Travers recently passed away in August of 2021, so we are particularly grateful and honoured to display his work in our gallery.

    Brian Travers, born in Birmingham in 1959, is most well-known for his work as one of the founding UB40 members – an English reggae and pop band formed in 1978, which went on to achieve international stardom with hits such as ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Falling in Love with You’. UB40 sold over 100 million records, and had an astounding 50 top 40 UK hits. The school at which Travers met many of the UB40 members was Moseley School of Art. Travers was an arranger, saxophonist, and lyricist for the group, but this is not where he directed his creativity exclusively.

    After 20 years residing in the Worcestershire countryside, Travers moved back to Moseley where he began painting ‘abstract’ canvases, Perspex sheets and stainless steel; creating painted glass and ceramic objet d’art.

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