‘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.
Curated by Shrewsbury Heritage
Each A1 print on Japanese paper is FOR SALE with it’s mount, NO FRAME
Please contact Maggie Love directly for details on the sale of each of the prints.
The Dead Beat
Anthem for Doomed Youth
Dulce Et Decorum Est
The Last laugh
Smile, Smile, Smile
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