Uralla, New South Wales, Australia born 1968
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
Edition: edition of 20
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