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Chris Fiddes - 1994 Graphite Drawing, Design for Window St Andrew, Wilton Church

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Chris Fiddes - Original 1994 Graphite Drawing. Signed and dated. The sheet is extensively inscribed with design notes, explaining the image's symbolism. Small tears to the lower left area of the image, but other in fine condition.

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Size: 59 x 42cm (23.2" x 16.5")

Collection Information

Christopher Fiddes b.1934. On leaving college Fiddes was a lyric landscapist working in an almost abstract manner, but his National Service in the mid-1950s was to change him profoundly as an artist. As part of the Northamptonshire Regiment he was stationed in Hong Kong. One night his battalion was rushed to Kowloon to quell a series of riots by the Chinese secret societies. The police had picked up the ringleaders and brought back the bodies of the dead and dying, along with a hundred or so prisoners, to the barracks where Fiddes was stationed. As a way of coming to terms with seeing the corpses of the rioters and the bloody interrogations of suspects, he painted a picture of the incident. The painting was a tour de force and exhibited as 'The Picture of the Year' at the Royal Society of British Artists. Most of his paintings since have been concerned with either social comment or metaphors for social situations. Over the course of his career Fiddes has also taught Art at schools, colleges and universities, pioneered research into the painting methods of the great masters, been a war artist, championed causes for the rural environment, restored listed buildings and designed stained glass windows for many churches in Northamptonshire.

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Code mf087
Artist Chris Fiddes
Date 1994
Dimensions 59 x 42cm
Medium Graphite
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