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Tea Time in Syria
Spring in Afghanistan

Teatime in Syria

Spring in Afghanistan

American Indian - Gordon Coldwell
Little Big Horn - Gordon Coldwell

American Indian - Geronimo

American Indian - Little Big Horn

Geronimo - Gordon Coldwell

Boyhood Hero - Geronimo

Arc Triomphe - Gordon Coldwell
Arc Mates - Gordon Coldwell

Arc de Triomphe

Arc Mates



Nap-Well - Gordon Coldwell


This is a double portrait (Napoleon and Duke of Wellington) from a series called Opposing Forces. A Neo-POP artwork that stems from thinking about 'stand-out' memories and images of my boyhood heroes. It is striking in its colour, 'visual texture' and mesmerising in its simultaneous presentation of 2 giants of European history. 

Nap-Well has a sharp and contemporary presence that arrests attention and is a 'conversation piece'. The optical oddity of the double portrait causes us to think about how the brain enables us to think about how we look at, see and read images.

Opposing Forces - Custer v Sitting Bull


This is one of a series of 'Opposing Forces' double portraits. The pair here are Sitting Bull (Native American) and General Custer (7th Cavalry), who led their forces in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The battle, which resulted in the defeat of US forces, was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876 and the subject of numerous Hollywood films.

The idea for the artwork came from thinking about boyhood 'heroes' when in 1960s Newcastle. The outcome is a surprisingly modern, optically interesting and arresting 'conversation piece'.

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