Britten's War Requiem Print Exhibition - Ruth Dent
17 July - 4 August 2018
In association with the Petworth Festival, which celebrates its 40th season this summer, Kevis House Gallery presents an exhibition by artist Ruth Dent who uses colour and gesture to express her emotional response to music, literature and nature. The Festival will also be commemorating the conclusion of the First World War and Dent's work is inspired by Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, itself a biting response to the horrors of the First World War.
Dent has produced a series of 8 prints, one for each movement, with Dies Irae being split into three, as it is the largest part of the music. The prints measure 33cm x 50cm, and are printed in an edition of 10 on handmade paper from Moulin de Larroque, Couzes, France. Each is individual due to the nature of the paper and the printing process. This is important to Dent as the handmade paper represents human skill and individuality - "as every soldier was an individual, loved by their friends and family for being themselves."
"I have endeavoured to capture the spirit of the music and words, as the piece moves along its journey, always bearing in mind the cost to humanity. Britten himself used Owen's words to preface his piece -
"My subject is War, and the pity of War,
The Poetry is in the pity...
All a poet can do today is warn .""
- Ruth Dent
Dent was awarded the John Purcell Paper Prize at the National Open Print Exhibition in 2015 for her Britten War Requiem series.
Prices range £450 - £950. Please contact us to enquire about a particular piece.