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Moych people

Uralla, New South Wales, Australia born 1968

Black soldier 1994 Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper woodcut, printed in black ink, from three blocks Support: thick white wove paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: 20/20
Edition: edition of 20

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right edge in black pencil, 'Lesley Murray '1994' '. Inscribed lower left edge, black pencil, '20/20'.
Dimensions: printed image (overall) 102.8 h x 55.0 w cm sheet (irregular) 108.4 h x 63.4 w cm printed image (a) 22.8 h x 55.0 w cm printed image (b) 65.4 h x 55.2 w cm printed image (c) 14.6 h x 55.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 1996
Accession No: NGA 96.1071

At first glance Black soldier 1994 by Lesley Murray is a familiar, albeit shadowy portrayal, of the archetypal Digger with slouch hat. Closer inspection reveals a rather intimate portrait of the artist's grandfather, who served in the Second World War.

Though this image represents a personal memorial, the soldier is nameless. The lettering banding the top and bottom of the image is perhaps a reference to the anonymity experienced by many Aboriginal servicemen, including the absence of their names on Australia's war memorials.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra