Birling Gap 24 June 2016

by Trevor Burgess

Birling gap 24 june 2016
PHOTO: Birling Gap 24 June 2016. © Trevor Burgess.

'Birling Gap 24 June 2016' was painted the day after the Brexit referendum. Could inverting the colours of England's iconic white cliffs express my fears of forces unleashed by that abrupt historic change in national direction? There are personal and family resonances too: my father’s boyhood here during European war; artist friends in those end terraced houses – now gone as the sea relentlessly eats the crumbling cliffs.