War Graphics

#symbolsofdefiance – sources of strength

People today still paint (or tattoo) their bodies to make them more resilient and stronger, a practice going back in time to the origins of mankind. Most commonly used in situations of confrontation, ‘marks’ made on the body, and later on weapons and shields, gave the wearer additional power and protection.

Similar in a way to ‘Relics and Reliquaries’ and ‘Fingertip power,’ my fascination is in understanding of what these marks, signs and symbols really mean and where their power comes from.

375th Bomber Squadron insignia
My interpretation of the 375th Bomber Squadron insignia [Cat: 0167, War graphics # 03, 12 x 12” / 30 x 30 cm, Silkscreen Print, 1972]
My interpretation of the Minesweeper Group insignia
My interpretation of the Minesweeper Group insignia [Cat: 0166, War graphics # 02, 12 x 12” / 30 x 30 cm, Silkscreen Print, 1972]
4th US Armoured Division insignia
My interpretation of the 4th US Armoured Division insignia [Cat: 0165, War graphics # 01, 12 x 12” / 30 x 30 cm, Silkscreen Print, 1972]

By PT

Peter Town is a born storyteller gifted with an ability to translate both everyday quirks and deeper philosophical musing through his work. Often using strong lines, vibrant colours and symbolism in his pictures, Town has combined a long and successful career as a designer and entrepreneur with a vibrant artist portfolio. Many of Town’s paintings use strong shapes and primary colours, such as the Stairs series, whilst others are quieter and more contemplative as they represent a more tranquil inner space. His abstract series of prints and paintings represent works where the narrative is more ambiguous but ever-present. He sees landscapes, interior spaces and natural forms as abstract shapes and colours and transcribes these onto canvas. Having studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham in the era when Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Jim Dine wielded their influence, Town went on to the Royal College of Art. Taking advantage of his brilliance for being able to communicate ideas through illustration, Town went on to have a hugely successful career over four decades as a designer. Throughout, he has continued to paint and to develop his artistic style through drawings, acrylics, photography, and printmaking.