Back from Thailand
ID numberART25103
Collection typeArt
TitleBack from Thailand
MeasurementOverall: 36.4 x 46.8 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerGriffin, Murray
Place madeSingapore: Changi
Date made1943
Physical descriptionpencil on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionFigure studies of recently returned men from the Burma-Thailand railway, with emaciated limbs and bodies, showing their physical condition. Griffin documents the tropical skin diseases that ravaged many prisoners bodies. Infections and tropical ulcers could often lead to amputation of a limb. This is one of a small collection of works on paper by Murray Griffin, a captured official war artist, done in Changi. Over the three years, Griffin's work changes from an optimistic record of camp life, to detached evidence of atrocities and death. The images deals with the themes of camp life, making do, the brutality of forced labour.