‘Strange Meeting’ A selection of Prints by Denis May
DENIS MAY – born in 1929. Denis May’s parents were married in June 1914. His Father was posted to France in August 1914 where he stayed until 1919.
May became aware of the power of Owen’s verse when he and his father listened to the first performance of Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ in 1962. It starts with the poem ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ – ‘What passing-bells for those who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns’. His father listened intently to the performance. ‘Who is the poet?’ he asked. May replied, ‘Wilfred Owen’. ‘Can you get hold of a book of his poetry? There was a poet who KNEW the War’ he said. During May’s teaching years he decided to illustrate Wilfred Owen poems. He cut 70 lino blocks illustrating a selection of quotes from Owen’s war poems. Many of the prints have been exhibited in Portsmouth and Lichfield Cathedrals.
Shropshire is now exhibiting 14 of these special collection prints for the Wilfred Owen 100 commemoration celebration over 100 days.
‘Strange Meeting’ Curated by Shrewsbury Heritage
This list gives the location of each of the 14 prints in Shropshire.
Each print is FOR SALE
Please contact Maggie Love directly for details on the sale of each of the prints. email email@example.com
The venue name, postcode and the title of the Wilfred Owen poem that inspired the artwork.
Oswestry Museum SY11 1PZ The Dead Beat
Park Hall The Countryside Experience Trenches SY11 4AS The Letter
Willow Gallery SY11 1AD Spring Offensive
Oswestry Library SY11 1JN The Chances
Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre SY11 2TE Anthem for Doomed Youth
Oswestry Cricket Club Wilfred Owen Bar SY11 2AY Dulce Et Decorum Est
Oswestry Parish Church SY11 2SY The Unreturning
British Iron Works SY11 4JH Asleep
Shrewsbury Regimental Museum SY1 2AT The Last laugh
St Mary’s Church Shrewsbury SY1 1EF Smile, Smile, Smile
Vision Gallery Darwin Shopping Centre SY1 1PL The Send-Off
The Abbey Shrewsbury SY2 6BS Strange Meeting
Theatre Severn SY3 8FT Futility
At a Calvary near the Ancre – has already SOLD
Current three in Tanners Window August Friday 24 – Friday September 7
At a Calvery near the Ancre, Futility and Strange Meeting
Please contact Maggie Love firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in buying any of the prints.
They will be in exhibition until January 2019.