One of the delightful byproducts of the Pioneer Memorial Wall is the chance to commission new works of art to capture key people and events. We have hunted around for artists whose skill and passion will make a visual feast for our visitors.
Today we introduce you to the artist Brian Waugh …
Brian was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland and from an early age always loved to paint and draw. Brian creates art in two different mediums, oil on canvas and stained glass. His art reflects not only the ideals of beauty, but also a fascination with the Romantic and Symbolic themes of passion, magic, love, loss, transformation – spiritual and physical.
He is interested in the classical and medieval worlds of myth and legend, poetry and literature, which portray beauty, death, regeneration and immortality. His work is very figurative and the characters he portrays, usually exist in haunted, mysterious landscapes.
When making stained glass, Brian uses traditional techniques such as acid etching, fired paint, stain and enamels, all of which have been employed by artists and artisans for hundreds of years. This enables Brian to produce beautiful, evocative and remarkable art.
Brian has been commissioned by the Pioneer Memorial Wall to create a series of stained glass windows depicting the introduction of Christianity to Britain.
The new images will be displayed in a mock monastic ruin with a four panelled, gothic window with stained glass windows depicting Columba, David, Patrick and Augustine who are credited with firmly establishing Christianity in Scotland (563AD), Wales (c. 550AD), Ireland (c. 5th cent.) and England (597AD) respectively. Brian Waugh’s warm and detailed style will feature each of these four men, the dates, and the flag of that nation.
Running along the bottom of the stained glass in English and Welsh is the quote from David’s last sermon:
“Do ye the little things in life.”
“Gwnewch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd“
On a plaque below will be the full quote – again in English and Welsh:
Arglwydi, vrodyr, a chwioryd, Bydwch lawen a chedwch ych ffyd a’ch cret, a gwnewch y petheu bychein a glywyssawch ac a welsawch gennyf i. A mynheu a gerdaf y fford yd aeth an tadeu idi”
“Lords, brothers and sisters, Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. And as for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.”
If you are interested in sponsoring any of the four stained glass panels, the plaque or the stone window frame please do get in touch. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org