Leonard Marks, the renowned British artist whose work has been featured in museums across the world, has died at the age of 90.
The work was created in the 1950s but its most notable works were his iconic images of the British army, including the iconic “V” for Victory and the iconic battle flag.
In his own words, Marks said his work had been influenced by the war experience and its legacy.
“I think it’s an attempt to represent that war in an optimistic way,” he said.
“I think a lot of it is that the soldier, the fighter and the soldier’s leader, in his own way, have the potential to become the hero.”
“I hope people look at what I’m trying to do with the images and say, ‘That’s what we’re supposed to look like.'”
What’s interesting is that, for a while, I used the war imagery as a metaphor for the way people see themselves in the world,” he continued.”
My aim was to make people understand that we are all the same in the sense that we have the same human attributes, and I wanted to show that people in war were not fighting for themselves, that they are fighting for each other.
“And that’s why I think it resonates with people, that it’s not about what you think is right or wrong, but it’s about how we see ourselves, how we look at ourselves and how we relate to each other.”
Leonards work has often been described as a “postmodern” work of art, with its images of war as an amalgamation of everyday life and an allegory for the future.
He described the images as being “more a reflection of the future than of the past.”
“We live in a post-truth world where the world is constantly being shaped by the way things look and the way they sound,” he explained.
“It’s not just the images we’re looking at but the way we see them, how they are perceived, how it’s interpreted.”
Leonard Marks’ most famous work was his iconic image of the war “V.”
Leonardo Marks, known as the “V”, from his work in “The V” (1950).
“I was trying to show the future, I was trying for a way of showing the future that we could live in,” he told the BBC in 2012.
“The world of war is a beautiful place, but what we see in war, we don’t really see, so we need to have a sense of that, to know it’s there and that we can get to know the things we can’t.”
His most recent work is titled “A Vision of Freedom,” a series of six paintings that he created in 1971 in London, where he spent a year painting with his wife, Evelyn, and a young boy.
“It’s a series where you can see the future and the past at the same time,” he revealed.
“You see the past through Evelyn’s eyes and then through my eyes.
It’s a little bit of a meditative piece.”
Leonarts work has always been influenced both by war and the British military.
In “The Vietnam War” (1972), for instance, Marks depicted a war that had been fought and won in the early part of the 20th century.
“There was a great sense of hope and a sense that everything was coming to an end, everything was going to be all right,” he recalled.
It was about that time of the Vietnam War that I really became interested in the British soldiers. “
And it did.
It was about that time of the Vietnam War that I really became interested in the British soldiers.
And there was something in it about that war, that kind of feeling of hope, that sense of victory, that feeling of a world coming back to life, that was very important to me.”
The paintings were published in 1973 in the New Yorker magazine and the following year, Marks published “The Great War,” which focused on the British soldier’s experience during World War I.
The works have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the London Museum, the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery of Art in London.
They are currently on display in the National Maritime Museum in Newport, Wales.
The Metropolitan Museum and the London Art Gallery are holding a memorial service on Tuesday to commemorate Marks’ life.
A statement from the National Marine Museum in Washington, DC, said: “The Marine Corps is saddened to learn of the passing of Leonard Mark Marks.
We send our heartfelt condolences to Leonard’s family, friends and fellow veterans who knew Leonard well and are saddened by his passing.”