Oil on canvas
64 x 86cm
At the risk of offending good friends and colleagues I must confess that I have little sympathy for those who have used old battlegrounds for the purpose of producing good landscape paintings. It has nothing to do with the poor devils under the ground and indeed is rather like using them for the sake of a good painting.
My painting is a protest against that. Soldiers do weep for their mates certainly, but mainly, also for the complete idiocy of war.
Born: April 16, 1921
War service: 1941-46 Australia & Papua New Guinea, WWII