Copyright David Godbold/House of Commons 2005
Hugo Swire, MP, Chairman of the Speaker's Advisory Committee, said "David Godbold is an excellent draughtsman and his observation of the General Election Campaign is both provocative and original. I think they are in the best tradition of political art and represent an important addition to the Collection".
"Forward not backwards" is a highly original visual diary of the General Election 2005. In the lead-up to the general election, artist David Godbold was commissioned by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art to follow the Campaign trail up to Election Day and to generate works of art based on the many influences he encountered along the way.
A gruelling journey ensued for the artist as he tried to cover the election campaign as widely as possible through the United Kingdom. The result is this series of 18 individual pieces, each giving personal insight into what the artist found, and together creating a lasting record of the election campaign.
This is only the second time an election artist has been formally commissioned by the Commons, and follows the success of Johnny Yeo's "Proportional Representation", a series of three portraits of the party leaders painted for the 2001 General Election.
Each of David Godbold's pieces is a highly detailed and masterful drawing on tracing paper, laid over found or discarded material, and complemented with typed text entries.
David Godbold was selected by the Committee from a range of contemporary artists proposed by consultants Preston Howard. The artist's fee was £10,000.