A supporter and friend of our charity, Colin Fisher, will display his works in a solo art exhibition ‘Made in Brum’ at the The Birmingham Contemporary Art Gallery from 1 December. A donation from sold artworks will contribute towards our work to support soldiers, veterans and their families.
Born and bred in Birminham, Colin has an amazing life story to share. Drafted into the Army at the age of 18, he was called up for his first duties in Cyprus after his training on a freezing cold Christmas Eve back in 1955. Shortly afterwards, he was sent up the mountains to Troodos where there was deep snow on Signals Detachment with 45 Commando.
Colin’s exhibition brings together evocative, original paintings of life growing up in the 1950s post war Britain. Expressing a deep sympathy for Birmingham, he feels that his 30 pieces of work sum up perfectly how the city emerged from the blitz after the second world war and has now become the centre of innovation, diversity and entrepreneurship.
His amazing portrayals provides a nostalgic throwback that is colourful, theatrical and illustrative, and puts the City of Birmingham into an historic perspective that will bring smiles, joy and appreciation. Each piece of work not only captures a story but also the aspirations of a group of friends and how their lives transformed alongside the City they call home today.
Colin said “Life was tough and with little food and rationing, us kids had to make do with what we could find and forage from bomb sites. We used our finds to make our own amusement.”
Today, Colin lives a quiet life with his family and friends but is as patriotic to his Brum as he was back then.
The BCAG and Colin are grateful to work in partnership with our charity for this exhibition, in recognition of all our soldiers who fought so bravely. A percentage of all art sales will be donated to our charity, helping us continue providing vital support for soldiers, veterans and their families.
Colin’s work will be on display and for sale at the BCAG for 4 weeks from 1st to 31st December 2021. We hope our local supporters can attend the exhibition and get a chance to purchase one of Colin’s incredible pieces ahead of Christmas. More information can be found here.