As we move into the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War, there will be, like the four years proceeding it, a number of commemorative events.

Famous battles that marked the final stages of the conflict will be recognised, while Armistice Day is bound to be particularly poignant in 2018.

Many people have their own stories relating to the Great War and they will have a variety of tributes lined up.

And one artist saw it as the opportunity to honour a poet who had served in the trenches; using his fellow creative’s work as the inspiration for his paintings.

Jonathan Hutchins, who lives in Northwood, has launched this exhibition on David Jones – an Anglo-Welshman who fought on the Western Front.

It will be showcased at Harrow Arts Centre, a venue based in Hatch End that he has close ties to, until February 26.

Jones, who was also a gifted artist, documented his time in the war through his poetry, which was well-received in the UK.

He gained great acclaim for his long work In Parenthesis, written in 1937, which provided a vivid recollection of the fighting in Mametz Wood during the Battle of the Somme.

This provided Jonathan with the inspiration for his paintings, which provide a dramatic insight into the poet’s mind and the impact of war.

He explains how he has been working on such a project for a number of years, having become “obsessed” with Jones while studying at art college in Cardiff.

In a promotional video, he takes viewers round the exhibition, commenting on various themes including anti-war sentiments, death and life in the trenches.

He hopes to attract as many people as possible to the event, so that they can learn more about Jones while simultaneously paying tribute to those who took part in the conflict.

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