RAF Museum London (Hendon)
RAF Museum London History, nostalgia, fantastic engineering, skill, bravery. The war in the air.
Devastation, the futility of war. Security and protection. The destruction of evil. The loss of life. The enormous cost of human suffering, to the economies of all involved. The scars and wounds, the pride. Scientific developments, steps forward and back in human development. Humanity, barbarity. Man’s inhumanity to man. Comradeship. Partnerships between countries. Unions forged.
Geo-political transformations. Eco-structures destroyed and developed.
The effects of war are endless. Personal perspectives examined. Political leanings enhanced.
A visit to museums such as RAF Hendon bring all this to mind and can leave one with a mind-whirl of confusion: determination for peace and co-operation between humans and countries. Understanding, tolerance, flexibility. Protection for the vulnerable, standing up to bullies, security, peace and prosperity for future generations.
Primacy Eye is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett.
Merely to amuse, inform and entertain, Primacy Eye is aimed at people who simply wish to dip a toe into the art world, share an insight, smile at a joke and maybe even be informed a little.
Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries and the news in general.
Al paints and sculpts himself and frequently sketches in-situ. He has written a book ‘The Primacy of Your Eye’ designed to give people some insights to enhance their experiences in galleries. Fully illustrated with 400 sketches and drawings of major art works and their artists, the book takes the reader on a journey through topics to perhaps consider to enrich the viewing experience.
To many, the art world is daunting, to others it holds little interest. A gentle submersion at a depth to suit the individual can produce rich and rewarding results.
That’s the purpose of Primacy Eye.