Jules George: Pipes and Drums

5 - 19 September 2016

Jules George: Pipes and Drums

Jules George: Pipes and Drums

Through a series of paintings, drawings and monoprints Jules George takes a look at the massed bands of the pipes and drums, a central aspect of the annual Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, where he was official artist in residence in 2015.

Captivated by the vivid power, colour and uplifting essence of the pipes & drums, through the music, marching and spectacular costume a parallel is drawn to the past and an enduring image of Scottish identity. Within this dynamic he finds an inherent spirituality which connects with his experiences as a war artist in Afghanistan in 2010, officially sanctioned and sponsored by the MOD and where he first made a drawing of a piper.

In his own words 'He has swapped guns for pipes and drums'.

Jules George has been a professional artist since leaving Staffordshire University in 1992. He completed his masters at Edinburgh College of Art in 1998.

Since then, he has worked as an official war artist sponsored by the MOD and exhibited in a number of one man and group shows in Britain and abroad. Highlights include 'Weighing Anchor -An artist at sea' National Museum of the Royal Navy 2014-15. ‘Into the Valley – Scenes of an Afghan Conflict’ shown at Bonhams, London 2011 and Bonhams, Edinburgh 2012 and ‘It’s No Palm Beach’ shown at The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh 2004/05.

His work has been commissioned and collected by individuals and organisations including Bonhams, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, 101 Engineer Regiment (EOD) Royal Engineers, Laing O’Rourke, National Army Museum, National Museum of the Royal Navy and York Art Gallery.