Sam Dargan, ‘The Land Is Ours, St Georges Hill, 1649’, 2012, Rokeby Gallery

The Land is Ours, St Georges Hill, 1649
The True Levellers s were a group of Protestant English agrarian communists begun by Gerrard Winstanley in 1649, they became known as the Diggers. They believed in economic equality and got their nickname from their activities and attempt to reform the existing social order with an agrarian lifestyle based on their ideas for the creation of small egalitarian rural communities. The True Levellers began by cultivating common land at St George’s Hill, now a wealthy gated community in Surrey.

About Sam Dargan

Figural painter Sam Dargan depicts history and society with a bleak and mirthless sense of humor. Dargan’s self-described subject is the misery of “middle management grunts, battered priests, hollowed-out delinquents,” but he explains that he is not critical of the figures so much as the systems of which they are part. His works frequently feature specific historical narratives, sourced from newspapers and history books; past subjects have included the Russian Revolution and the war in Iraq. Dargan, who studied at the Royal College of Art in London, paints with a precise and graphic style that has been described by critics as almost cartoon-like. He is inspired by painting traditions at the turn of the century, and of Russian realist landscape painters like Ivan Shishkin and Arkhip Kuindzhi, but remains fervently skeptical of Romanticism.

British, b. 1971, based in London, United Kingdom

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