‘We deliberated whether or not to go ahead with the exhibition in this era of Covid-19 but since Trinity House successfully auctioned my watercolour Heroes of the Hour along with work by four of their other artists, for the NHS Heroes Together Covid-19 Emergency Fund, it seemed to bode well and suggest that life and art go on and that we should embrace new ways of doing things as the human condition and our ever changing situation require.
Although this exhibition is not a retrospective it does show three works from very early in my career. Passe, Present, Futur hung in the Royal Academy in 1983 from where it went to the USA (it was part of a series of paintings I made conveying my preoccupation with time) I also managed to acquire The Seven Ages and The Dream which was one of my first bigger paintings, back from America too.
Newer works are still making reference to the plight of the planet through The First Extinction Rebellion and Noah’s Child and climate change in Happy New Year 2020. We also now live with the pandemic thus other pieces The Night Watch; Distanced Dancing and The Prayer are my humble way of addressing this. Running concurrently with the coronavirus we are also witnessing the Black Lives Matter movement across the globe so I have included Black Nativity to reflect my thought that we should learn to love and respect each other regardless of colour or creed and all that inhabits our beautiful World.’
– PJ Crook