ID numberART23304
Collection typeArt
TitleMalay child
MeasurementOverall: 19.1 x 29.2 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerFriend, Donald
Place madeMalaysia: Labuan
Date made1945
Physical descriptionpen and coloured wash on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
DescriptionDepicts a young Malay child observed at Labuan in Borneo in a crouched pose. In 1942, Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, and 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 collections of the Australian War Memorial. In his catalogue for the 1990 retropsective of Donald Friend's work at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Barry pearce noted; 'his focus [is] on drawing the human figure, confirming that it was observing and drawing the non-western races that would give him the greatest satisfaction'.