from the artist:
There has been a lot of talk about the Gallipoli campaign
this year, as April 2015 is the 100 year anniversary.
When I began this painting I had not intended
for it to be anything to do with war but the First World
War took it over. I was unaware that I had been influenced
by the general chatter about Gallipoli until it appeared
in my work. It showed me just how influenced we are by
our environment, even when we don't particularly take
notice of it.
So I dedicate this painting to my grandfather
Philip who fought with NZ troops against the Germans in
WWI. He died of his war wounds sixteen years after the
war ended and featured in my childhood as the father my
mother spoke of who had died when she was fourteen.
The young man in the picture, a German citizen,
is grandfather Philip's namesake and direct descendant.