One of Dundee and Angus College’s budding artists has created a moving piece of art capturing his own experiences of war.
Richard Gibson (77), a retired soldier from Carnoustie, is currently studying for an HND in Contemporary Art Practice, and produced the piece entitled ‘Imagine... if you can... a world without war’
As well as being brought up during the Second World War, Richard served as a signalman in Malaya in 1955 during what is known as the Malayan Emergency.
His work was inspired partly by his own experiences but also the anti-war lyrics of John Lennon. He said: “This last century has seen war on a huge scale. Even after witnessing the carnage of two world conflicts and countless other aggressions, we are still involved in fighting, for example, in Afghanistan. For this piece I was inspired by John Lennon’s hit song ‘Imagine’ from 1971. It says it all really.”
It is currently on display in the college art department, Esk Building, Arbroath campus.