When giving us an insight to the "Landscape with an Emerging Head" painting Tim Sainsbury writes "The Landscape I am sure absorbs the people who work* on it. So in the painting there are the obvious signs of humanity. I have tried to show the enduring feeling of mans occupation, by incorporating features (human) into the landscape - hopefully to give the feeling of the departed generations.
I have positive experience of this. I believe that this "presence" in the land is most probably felt by relatives i.e. in the same family, tribe etc. My cousin, as a child could feel this, and told me years later, how she was frequently aware of "others" although playing alone. She always felt this at my Grandparents house & small-holding. I always experienced the same on the site of an Iron Age Camp - just a few miles away. What we were aware of was not ghosts - but a "Natural playback" from the land
*Tim Sainsbury has also referred to people not only working on the 'Landscape' but also being in "close contact" with it. He adds "and under this there is the less obvious, feeling - the presence of departed generations. I have had positive experience of this."
I acquired this painting in 1963 or '64 when I was a student at Sussex University and Tim Sainsbury was Artist in Residence.
It is predominantly green and blue and is 36 X 28 on hardboard.
I am no Art Critic and wouldn't try to analyse the work.
All I can say is that I have been through a lot of changes since 1963 and I don't have many things about me that I had then ... but this painting has been on my various walls ever since. It has meaning for me and is still a part of my life.
Nick Brimble (May'04)
Sainsbury ....it has been bad enough seeing your crazed home made
elderflower pop induced daubings at intervals over the years...but now to
find you are on the net as well!!
Good lord man....this use of "the new technology" is eaons away from falling into the meandering hedgerows surrounding Chepstow..
ahh....those were the days.........
high tech.....i remember high tech.... high tech was measured by your ability to survive the acrid fumes of urine within the confines of the new red telephone box and......... to have the knowledge to press button "B"...Best wishes you old fart
Stanbury the mad! Aug04
The following information has been taken from the BBC website www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar
Tim Sainsburyby - Chepstow Drill Hall
Background to story: Civilian
Article ID: A4124035
Contributed on: 27 May 2005
This story was submitted to the BBC site by a volunteer from The Chepstow Society on behalf of Tim Sainsbury.
Wartime Memories of Chepstow by Tim Sainsbury (Southampton)
We lived in the farmhouse at Piercefield near Piercefield House,(which was pretty much intact in those days). When the air raid sirens went we used to go down into the cellars of Piercefield House where we had beds, food, oil lamps, etc. One night during an air raid we heard bombs whistling down, I can remember my father saying “This is it”. Anyway the bomb, (or bombs), fell I believe in the rocks down near the Castle, the only bombs Chepstow received (?).
I was at St. Arvans School in the Autumn of 1940. A very low-flying German Bomber came over the school, low enough to see the men inside. We all thought we were going to be machine gunned. Anyway the plane flew on; I think it was damaged, there were rumours that it came down near Sudbrook.
I have a Tim Sainsbury painting/collage, it came to me from my parents who purchased it in, I believe, the middle 1960’s. I have owned it for the last ten years.The painting is quite large (3’x 4’) and appears to be made up of on tin and aluminium, coarse sand, and, I would guess plaster?. The metal plates are bolted onto board but how the sand is stuck on is a mystery to me. The whole picture is in blacks and greys and the metal is left mostly unpainted. Aluminium paint too, has been applied in places.
The title of the picture is “Skull on a Black Beach” and I recall my parents telling me it was one of a series made when Tim Sainsbury was “Artist in Residence” at Sussex University. The painting has never been hung (by me) – It leans against the wall in my living room, and is very heavy being under glass. On balance I think I prefer the more colourful pictures that are on the website, but I am quite fond of the ‘painting’ I have because it reminds me of happier days. I need say no more. Good Luck.
William G Slingsby – April 04 – East Sussex
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