Raymond ARNOLD

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1950


France born 1954

printer, intaglio


Paris, France commenced 1957 – 2006

print workshop (organisation)

Penetration Zen/When two bullets collide. 1998-99
Collection Title: Memory/History
Place made: Atelier LaCouriere et Frelaut, Montmartre, Paris, Île-de-France, Ville de Paris department, France
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed intaglio and relief in colour, from two plates Support: white wove Velin Arch 400gsm cotton rag paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: artist's proof II
Edition: Edition of 10

Dimensions: printed image 140.0 h x 70.0 w cm sheet 140.0 h x 70.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2000
Accession No: NGA 2000.93
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Bett Gallery, Hobart, April 2000.
  • 'I saw two bullets fused together, one penetrating the other, exhibited at the Imperial War Museum in London. There was an old, muddy shell standing upright on the edge of a ploughed field — shells with narrow driving bands were German — as I walked toward Villiers-Bretonneux on the 4th of July 1998. I could imagine spectral soldiers moving quickly across my path, from my right to left, under German fire as they made a desperate night counter-attack eighty years before. They were Victorians and soldiers of my great-grandfather’s 60th Battalion. ‘Hold hard, cobbers’.'
    Raymond Arnold, 1999

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra