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About the Work

This work was about escapism and the separation of the past from the present. A holiday outing to the site of the Battle of Naseby resulted in seeing a re-enactment of the battle by the 'Sealed Knot Society'. When I realised what I was witnessing, on the spur of the moment I decided to make a work and was lucky enough to find someone to lend me a spare camera. As far as I could tell, the battle was realistically performed; indeed, a 17th-century field hospital which performed 'amputations' as part of the entertainment was set up in the foreground,. This took place before a party of disabled spectators drawn up in wheelchairs directly in front of me.

(Collection: Contemporary Arts Society)

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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