BEN ARMINE

 

I like chimneys. There’s probably a whole academic subject on the study and history of chimneys. Almost everything that can be studied has been studied extensively so it seems. I recently came across a museum devoted to the history of barbed wire no less. I also recall, many years ago, an artist friend who was in thrall, as many people were at that time, to the prevailing teachings of one of the prominent thinkers of the first half of the 20th century. My chum was affronted by my interest in smoke stacks. He was convinced all chimneys signified the male of the species. The entrances to tunnels, needless to say, represented for him the opposite. I disagreed. I felt, and still feel, chimneys signify the dispersal of smoke. And tunnel mouths signify tunnels.

                               



BEN ARMINE

8” x 6” (20 x 15cm)

Graphite on paper

£550