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In the secluded grounds of a former French colonial villa, now the National Army Museum, in downtown Hanoi, stands a memorial to the Vietnam War. It is the remains of a bomber, shot down over Hanoi, now exhibited with an armoured car in a sort of 3d collage. I photographed this very quickly, as the museum was about to close. The American painter, Thomas Hart Benton, had enjoyed celebrating machinery in his work. To me the evening light seemed to give this heap of crashed and captured US technology an odd reference to his style of painting.

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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