He became a fighter pilot during WW2, he was shot down over France in 1943. He tells his story here - just a word of warning, his voice is but a whisper. The recordings tell of his wartime experiences, the people who helped him, the betrayal and torture, the escapes.
Dr Edwin Aldridge Haddock
The big white blob in the middle is due to the flash of my camera, sorry! The apparent simplicity and speed of this painting is false, it has been very carefully built up with multi-layers of colour and texture although the finished painting looks like a hurried and happy 'accident'. She is quite wonderful.
Many of his paintings reflect some of the inner scars and damage which he bore for the rest of his life. Painting became a kind of safety valve. Whenever I look at 'Tarantella' I cannot help but think of his whirling, twirling memories and emotions, feelings which needed to be expressed, in this case as a dance as he tried to 'sweat the poisons out'.
|Danse Macabre by Dr Edwin Aldridge Haddock|
No matter whether you like the paintings or not, they are very powerful.
Take this bonus painting, 'Interrogator II'
..bear in mind that Dr Haddock was tortured by the Gestapo.
I believe this one is entitled 'Interrogator'
and this one is 'Man of War'. Both are very large and quite wonderful!
More paintings will be added during the next week or so, I had intended to do them before but real life suddenly became extremely busy.
I'm not sure what the title of this one is. It is very lively with complex and multi-layered colours.
This is a similar, figurative type with a glossy finish.
This one is entitled 'Alien', I believe.
Whereas this one is untitled and has a matt finish.
The little chappie on the left is called 'Clanger', the painting on the right is a matt finish and untitled.
This one as entitled 'Cobra' this is a dreadfully poor photograph of a very large and lively richly coloured painting.
Green amoeba, framed, glossy finish.
This is a painting which I gave to my daughter and is entitled 'Sea Witch'. (it's not available)
This one is 'Galaxy' it is very large, framed, and was exhibited at the Ferens Art Gallery.
Untitled, but beautiful.
Another untitled one - again, very large and beautiful in ochres, red and browns.
This large and lovely painting is called 'Crucible'.
The are several others, both large and smaller (though they are still pretty large) but I ran out of time and energy.