Craig Taylor

The Sandbagger collection

The Sandbaggers

"My concept for the Sandbagger series originated a fair time before I started painting, as I frequently saw movie images of trench warfare in many documentary features, which fascinated me as the whole aspect of the grainy black & white footage of both armies running and falling seemed almost comical."

"It reminded me of all the mad movies we used to watch as kids from the Hollywood studios, performed by the likes of Harold Lloyd, Fatty Arbuckle and Charlie Chaplin."

"That was fantasy - this other footage was, regrettably, reality."

"In my interpretations I've tried to capture one single moment from these times from both sides; neither side was right, and neither was wrong. My paintings show both sides of the conflict with characteristic long hair, no eyes and a youthful enthusiasm (which was short-lived)."

Craig Taylor, artist