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ID number ART24468
Title Durian tree, Changi camp
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made c 1942-c 1943
Medium oil on hardboard
Measurement Overall: 35.7 x 31.2 cm


The lush tropical forest of the Malay Peninsula fascinated Griffin. As it is so alien to the Australian landscape, he created many works whilst a POW that had some vestige of foliage. Griffin states, 'Malaya is beautiful. Rich glowing contrasts of colours, heavy massive foliage, grey twisting tree trunks curving through the air in mellow heat and stabs of brilliant colour to excite the senses'.