Paine: A Fantastical Visual Biography
The extraordinary life and ideas of the author of Common Sense, Rights of Man and the Age of Reason, told in authentic verbatim voices of his time by visual artist Polyp.
Born to a working family in England, Thomas Paine developed his political thinking while living in Bull House in Lewes – which is now the headquarters of The Sussex Archaeological Society.
He exploded onto the political landscape when he immigrated to America. His writings sparked the War of Independence, transforming him into an international best-selling hero of democracy, and a figure of hate for the Royalist establishment.
Although his words also helped inspire the French Revolution, he only narrowly escaped the guillotine under Robespierre’s tyrannical regime. He became vilified outcast when he dared to challenge the power of religious fundamentalism.
Staymaker, pirate, exciseman, astronomer, writer, engineer and freethinker, Paine is the world’s least known historical hero: his bold, progressive ideas and dramatic life experiences still resonate today.