History painting: outpost, Helmand province, Afghanistan

Place Asia: Afghanistan
Accession Number ART93319
Collection type Art
Measurement Framed: 124.5 cm x 124.5 cm x 4.7 cm; Unframed: 121 cm x 121 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on linen
Maker Brown, Lyndell
Green, Charles
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made c. April 2008
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-2021

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


This painting presents a view through the windscreen of an Australian Chinook helicopter, looking out onto a hostile landscape of rubble, huts and shipping containers. The work focuses on an extreme and alien environment in which Australian troops in Afghanistan live and work. It is characterised by vast distances, high temperatures, alienating landscapes, and intense battles. This picture is a conscious gesture to a tradition of history painting that focuses upon battle and military themes.