Japanese prisoners being searched, Balikpapan

Accession Number ART22916
Collection type Art
Title Japanese prisoners being searched, Balikpapan
Measurement Overall: 25.5 x 37.6 cm
Object types Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald
Date made 1945
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

Japanese prisoners of war and their belongings being searched by Australian personnel on arrival at prison camp. In 1942, Donald Friend enlisting with the AIF, 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 Memorial.

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