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About the Work

This triptych shows a quiet corner of East Kent. This is where I came to live in 1996. Its unassuming landscape is arguably the most historically resonant in the British Isles.

Left Panel: The still-standing walls of the Roman fort of Richborough. Here the largest-ever military invasion of these islands took place in 42 AD. The Roman general, Aulus Plautius, led 40,000 professional troops ashore. This must have been an overwhelming sight for the ancient Britons who, understandably, retreated across Kent to the opposite bank of the River Medway.

Centre Panel: The shingle beach at Deal overseen by Edwardian villas. This is where Julius Caesar invaded in 55 BC.

Right Panel: Pegwell Bay. There have been many invasions here - Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings. Perhaps the one with the most historical resonance was by the Roman monk Augustine in 597 AD. He imported official Christianity and with it, mainstream European culture.

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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