Julian Thompson: The Footsteps of my Forebears - Art Collector

Julian Thompson, 'Powhiri: a Meeting of the ANZACs in Taji, Iraq' (detail) 2017, oil on linen, 112x210cm. Courtesy of the artist and Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery.

The image of the soldier invokes solemnity. Deepening the striking visual oddness of the interplay between humanity and the environment in the war context is the weight of history, moral obligation, danger and military apparel that bears down on the individual soldier and their colleagues-in-arms. The disruptive pattern camouflage enclosing their bodies mimics the sway and thrust of visual complexity in the repeating patterns of the natural world, challenging the binary distinction between figure and landscape central to the Western art-history canon.


Exhibition opens:
17 March 2018
Exhibition closes:
13 May 2018
Location:
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, 531 Ruthven Street Toowoomba
Contact:
(07) 4688 6652
Website:
www.tr.qld.gov.au/trag
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