Humanity Under Fire
War art by Will Dyson 24 October 2015 - 9 October 2016

The Shrine of Remembrance presents an exhibition to mark the centenary of when Australia’s first official war artist, Will Dyson, first began working on the Western Front.

The incisive political insight of Dyson’s cartoons, particularly the Kultur Cartoons on the rise of militarism, had gained him international acclaim. On his appointment as an official war artist, Dyson shifted the focus of his drawings from grand political narratives to individual soldiers and their hardships in combat. Dyson depicted the miserable conditions, loneliness and suffering and the wry, understated humour of the ordinary soldier.

The exhibition presents some of Dyson’s best known work, focusing on the limited edition lithographs made from his frontline sketches. Oil paintings on loan from the Australian War Memorial give further insight into the breadth of his art.

Ross McMullin’s illustrated presentation will illuminate the life, creativity and humour of the conspicuously talented, remarkably versatile and internationally acclaimed Ballarat-born artist–writer Will Dyson, who depicted Australian soldiers with profound empathy and sympathy as our first official war artist. Dyson drew endurance and resilience, grit and grief. Arrive early to view some of Dyson’s best-known work in the Humanity Under Fire exhibition, with access to the Galleries of Remembrance extended until 6pm exclusively for those attending this talk.

Date: Tuesday 5 April, 5.30pm arrival for 6pm start
Location: Auditorium, Shrine of Remembrance
Cost: FREE, gold coin donation welcome
Bookings essential

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