Raymond ARNOLDLuc GUERINATELIER LACOURIERE ET FRELAUT, Penetration Zen/When two bullets collide. Enlarge 1 /1

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