Japanese prisoners being searched, Balikpapan

Place Asia: Borneo, Balikpapan
Accession Number ART22916
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 25.5 x 37.6 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description pen and ink with wash on paper
Maker Friend, Donald
Place made Borneo: Balikpapan
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Japanese 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.

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