ID numberART22916
Collection typeArt
TitleJapanese prisoners being searched, Balikpapan
MeasurementOverall: 25.5 x 37.6 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerFriend, Donald
Place madeBorneo: Balikpapan
Date made1945
Physical descriptionpen and ink with wash on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionJapanese prisoners of war and their belongings being searched by Australian personnel on arrival at prison camp. In 1942, Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, was posted as a gunner to the artillery unit near Albury. In 1945, Friend was selected for appointment as official war artist. He travelled to Morotai, Labuan and Balikpapan, recording sights which confronted him and drawing in particular on the expressive potential of human form. Friend was extraordinarily prolific, producing 53 paintings and 143 drawings for the Memorial.