This new series of work by the talented contemporary artist Al Saralis includes a beautiful set of paintings of young individuals draped in the Union Jack. "I’m not trying to make a political statement but the inspiration came from the awareness of a disgruntled nation," explains Al.
Images of the Union Jack for the last 200 years have generally stirred something deep and positive in men and women across the social spectrum. Now perhaps the flag is an even more potent symbol trying to hold the nation together and remind us we are bound by a common history which has had its high and low points, a common culture and a desire for the best for our country. "I see the series as being reflective of things that are happening around us, and the exploration of patriotism," continues Al.
Currently on show at Amanda Aldous Fine Art in Hampshire, the gallery adds: "It feels like we are drowning in a never-ending sea of information about Brexit with all factions trying to bring about what they believe is the best result for Britain. Yet there is a danger that solidarity amongst the Brits that has always been so strong is being severely tested and we are being forced into two tribes, with divisions between young and old, North and South or within traditional party political attachments.
"These timeless and haunting images are a world away from any tension or division. Instead, they evoke a poignant calm that invites a personal connection and open interpretation."
Al Saralis has always been inspired by the classical beauty of Renaissance painting and the figures in these modern works have an affinity with Botticelli’s Primavera and The Birth of Venus – two of the most popular yet controversial paintings in the world. Discover more: alsaralis.co.uk.