Concept Eye Clinic in Tynemouth is hosting work by a local artist Sheila Harrison to commemorate Armistice Day. Each canvass depicts the poppy flower and is painted with a special layering technique developed in the 1920’s. The series of canvass paintings is a limited edition. Included in the eye clinic’s window display is some rare memorabilia from the Great War: a morse code equipment box, a selection of photographs of local servicemen and a rather special teddy bear called ‘Herman’ who was a mascot during the famous christmas day football match when a one day truce was called between the German and British sides. Sheila: “The poppy is a symbol of love, hope and rebirth across all cultures. I wanted to capture the ephemeral transparency of the petals with the shock of the blood red blooms surviving and flowering in the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli”. Shehla Naqvi Director of Concept Eye Clinic welcomed the exhibition which was launched this week: “The Concept tag line is also 'the art of the optometrist’. We’re delighted to host this poignant, but also life affirming exhibition by a talented local artist. We already seem to be garnering public interest ahead of the Tynemouth remembrance parade. People passing by will stop for a chat. There is shared sense of history with personal memories and inevitable stories about loss and love”.
The exhibition is on until November 12th 2014
Concept Eye Clinic