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Claude Dumont, The Centurion Tank

Claude Dumont, The Centurion Tank (ca. 1972), oil on canvas [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Jun 24-Sep 5] Beaverbrook Collection of War Art

A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria BC – Jun 24-Sep 5, 2011

Since the beginning of time, artists have documented war and battles in field sketches or in more elaborate paintings based on field notes. Canada’s First World War artists created heroic, symbolic scenes of battlefields and command posts in Europe. In the Second World War, Canadian war art was produced by both civilian artists and artists like Alex Colville, Molly Lamb Bobak and Jack Shadbolt, who were designated to work as journalists deployed to the European Theatre.

A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan presents work by artists from the two military art programs started more than 20 years after the Second World War: the Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (1968-1995) and the Canadian Forces Artists Program (2001-present). The exhibition, curated by Laura Brandon, was organized and circulated by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Directorate of History and Heritage, Department of National Defence.

Over the past 60 years, Canadian military artists have moved from a documentary approach to more reflective and personal treatments of the theme. The paintings in this exhibition depict not only contemporary military activities but scenes of peacekeeping work carried out by soldiers abroad, daily life for troops stationed overseas and at home, and the impact of war zones on affected civilians.

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Mia Johnson

Ted Zuber, Long Day at Doha (1991)

Ted Zuber, Long Day at Doha (1991), acrylic on canvas [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Jun 24-Sep 5] Beaverbrook Collection of War Art

William MacDonnell, The Wall (ca. 1995)

William MacDonnell, The Wall (ca. 1995), acrylic on canvas [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Jun 24-Sep 5] Beaverbrook Collection of War Art

Colin Williams, Canadian A.P.C. Patrol – Old City, Nicosia, Cyprus

Colin Williams, Canadian A.P.C. Patrol – Old City, Nicosia, Cyprus 1974 (1975), oil on art board [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Jun 24-Sep 5] Beaverbrook Collection of War Art

Allan Harding MacKay, Portrait of a Somali Woman

Allan Harding MacKay, Portrait of a Somali Woman (1993), charcoal and pastel on paper [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Jun 24-Sep 5] Beaverbrook Collection of War Art


 Sun, Jun 19, 2011