Win a limited edition signed print from Jacqueline Hurley’s War Poppy Collection
Artist Jacqueline Hurley began painting her War Poppy Collection in 2014 as a remembrance and tribute to her friend, Royal Marine Neil Dunstan, who was tragically killed by an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2008.
Says Jacqueline, 'The paintings flow from my heart on to the canvas. Although my scenes depict war, I try to bring an element and sense of peace to my work, this being what we all hope for and for which lives have been sacrificed.
'As I paint my poppies, I am thinking of the strength and boldness of the lives they represent. My remembrance art is highly textured and features many layers of under-painting. What is hidden is equally as important as what is visible. This represents the mind and the long-term suffering that war often inflicts.'
All of Jacqueline's paintings feature silhouettes, which often allow her images to become more personal and sentimental to her audience. Jacqueline's War Poppy Collection has been well received internationally and she is widely regarded as the UKís foremost remembrance artist, with her paintings being described as poignant and evocative, and touching the hearts and emotions of many. She wants her work to keep the importance of remembrance at the forefront of people's minds and it has connected with people from all over the world.
Jacqueline was honoured to be invited by The Royal British Legion, to which she donates from sales of her artwork, to exhibit her War Poppy Collection at the Royal Albert Hall, London, for the Festival of Remembrance in 2015, 2016 and again in 2017. She also felt extremely privileged when the first full exhibition of her paintings was hosted by the National Memorial Arboretum – the UK's year-round centre for remembrance – where her paintings were acclaimed by thousands of visitors and even viewed by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge.
Remembrance Day is every day
Jacqueline is Patron of the Tommy Atkins Trust and the Tommy Atkins Centre in Worcestershire. The Tommy Atkins Centre provides help, professional support, assistance and information, all under one roof, in a relaxing and caring environment. As well as being a place to catch up with friends old and new, thereís an opportunity to join in with the activities on offer, or just have a cuppa and a friendly chat. She is also a Patron of the National Military Working Dogs Memorial UK and Save Our Soldier, which provide help and interventions for soldiers and Veterans in crisis.
Jacquelineís artwork has been used to raise thousands of pounds in support of many Armed Forces charities, including The Royal British Legion, and her War Poppy Collection commemorative coins, by the Koin Club, have raised £100,000 for SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity. She has been supporting Combat Stress since May this year.
Win a signed print!
QUEST is delighted that Jacqueline has very kindly donated a limited edition signed print for us to give away to one lucky reader. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details of how to win: www.facebook.com/questmagazine
Jacqueline tells us that she does not sell these particular prints signed so they are quite rare. The value can only be estimated according to the amount they have fetched at charity auctions to date: around £100–£200, but with a couple fetching a staggering £450! All images in the collection can be viewed on Jacqueline's website at www.poshoriginalart.co.uk
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