ID number ART28104
Title Prisoners gardening at Changi, 1942
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Griffin, Murray (Artist)
Place made Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942
Medium oil on wood
Measurement Overall: 34.4 x 48 cm Frame: 41.3 x 52.7cm


Landscape looking south to the Singapore Harbour in the distance. In the foreground right and centre groups of prisoners are engaged in gardening to grow their own food. In the foreground left a prisoner is picking hibiscus leaves that were used as an antidote for scurvy. In the middle distance are stylised trees and buildings camouflaged with tar. According to S Piddington the work was painted on a piece of teak door and concealed in the walls of Changi prison. The work was substantially repainted by the artist late 1977. Signwriting on back of board is by Don Evans in 1977.