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TOUCHING TRIBUTRE: Northwood artist includes murdered Ukrainian girl in collection of paintings of victims of war

 Published on: 11th May 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood-based artist has created a moving tribute to a 10-year-old girl killed in the early days of the invasion of Ukraine as a coda to a series of anti-war paintings.

Jonathan Hutchins’ work, titled ‘The Daughters of Our New Jerusalem: An Artistic Elegy, On the Suffering of Women and Children in Today’s World’ will be exhibited at the Harrow Arts Centre from June 10 to August 2022.

Based on a famous piece of poetry from the First World War, David Jones’ In Parenthesis, his work takes an anti-war stance, stressing the inhumanity of conflict and its victims.

This newest work is a tribute to Polina, a young girl who, along with her parents, were brutally murdered by Russian soldiers as her family tried to escape Kyiv in a hail of gunfire. Her older sister is thought still be in intensive care, whilst her younger brother died in hospital.

Speaking about the painting, Jonathan said: “Usually, I would avoid working so closely to ‘copy’ from a photograph.

“However, in this case, I wanted to take as much of her features and her home decoration as possible to stress her personality, her beauty and therefore the loss of her potential as wonderful human being.

The newpainting of Polina will be show in the Harrow Community Art Show for it’s 450th anniversary.

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