The Forgotten Soldier is a reminder of those forgotten in the First World War. It is based on an anonymous photographic postcard of an unknown soldier. We can roughly date the image by his uniform but other that that we have no details of who he was, his personal history or if he survived. We only know what we can see by the image provided. The painting refers to the way the image and its history has been discarded and forgotten. As time goes by, that's what happens with images, we seem to forget that they are, or were part of our history. We become detached from its reality and the life that it represents. It is a fragment of a much bigger picture that we ought to remember.
Donated to the History Department, Madeley Academy, Telford.