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Richard Gibsons painting was inspired by his own experience of warfare and the music of John Lennon. It is currently hanging in the Esk Building, Arbroath campus.

Richard Gibsons painting was inspired by his own experience of warfare and the music of John Lennon. It is currently hanging in the Esk Building, Arbroath campus.

One of Dundee and Angus College’s budding artists has created a moving piece of art capturing his own experiences of war.

Richard Gibson (77), a retired soldier from Carnoustie, is currently studying for an HND in Contemporary Art Practice, and produced the piece entitled ‘Imagine... if you can... a world without war’

As well as being brought up during the Second World War, Richard served as a signalman in Malaya in 1955 during what is known as the Malayan Emergency.

His work was inspired partly by his own experiences but also the anti-war lyrics of John Lennon. He said: “This last century has seen war on a huge scale. Even after witnessing the carnage of two world conflicts and countless other aggressions, we are still involved in fighting, for example, in Afghanistan. For this piece I was inspired by John Lennon’s hit song ‘Imagine’ from 1971. It says it all really.”

It is currently on display in the college art department, Esk Building, Arbroath campus.

 

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