War Poppy 2, 2015 by Giles Revell

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War Poppy 2, 2015.
Stochastic pigment ink print.
Edition of 8 + 2 Aps.
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (100cm x 100 cm). 

Pricing is for print only. Framing is available for additional fee. Please contact for more information.

On June 21, Revell’s image Battlefield Poppy debuted as a Royal Mail 1st-class stamp, as part of a limited-edition series commemorating World War I. The image depicts a sole, pristine poppy standing against a bleak and murky landscape reminiscent of a warzone.

Completed after Battlefield Poppy, Revell continues his fascination with flower symbolism to create War Poppies, a unique series examining a more intricate exploration of war using a different scale and more expansive canvas. In War Poppy 3, for instance, the red of the poppy bleeds from the petals into the landscape, offering a thought provoking ambiguity and powerful detail too small to capture on a 35 x 35mm stamp.

In the War Poppy series, Revell personifies the flower showing us its fragility and resilience amidst the chaos and fear of the battlefield. Revell brings these associations to the already symbolically steeped flower. Of particular importance to the British, the poppy is a symbol of remembrance for members of armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Often called the “remembrance poppy,” the flower rose to symbolic prominence shortly after WWI and the publication of “In Flanders Fields,” a poem by Canadian doctor John McCrae. The poem noted the poppies that frequently grew by the thousands in the war-ravaged fields of Europe where little else could grow. Today the poppy is perhaps most closely associated with Remembrance Day, a holiday observed each November by states belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations.

Revell’s methodology for War Poppies had him create each scene by injecting pigments of varying viscosity through catheters into a water-filled tank. The resulting clouds and streams of color mimic the explosion and fallout of the battlefield. With each image he first established the vast plane of the landscape, next added the mortar-fire-like clouds, and finished with the delicate addition of the poppy. The five works of art are available in editions of eight with two artist proofs each.

War Poppies builds on Revell’s earlier body of nature-inspired photography known for its abstract and technologically sophisticated approach, influenced by the artist’s early training as a geologist. As in the image of a single poppy in a vast battlefield, Revell’s work is celebrated for its ability to illuminate the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Giles Revell was born in 1965 in Hertfordshire, England. He has had several solo shows in London, most notably at Michael Hoppen Gallery and The Yard Gallery. He has exhibited widely in group shows, and his work is part of the permanent national collection at the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. Revell is also an award-winning commercial photographer and has published his work in New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper, Avaunt, The Guardian, Port Magazine and The Financial Times Magazine.
Giles Revell 1 (Artist)
Production Type
Limited Edition
Production Time
Available Now
Place of Origin
United Kingdom
Date of Manufacture
39.38 in. H x 39.38 in. W
100 cm H x 100 cm W
Dealer Location
Los Angeles, CA
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Oculus Gallery
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Los Angeles CA 90043
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