Troops in back of truck, Libya

Troops in back of truck, Libya
Ivor Hele
Troops in back of truck, Libya

oil on canvas
76.5 x 92.2cm
ART28479

Both as a soldier and an artist, Hele felt a great sense of empathy for the “ordinary” men in the field. Using the pink and mauve hues of the desert in his North African paintings, he recorded the hardships borne by the infantryman of the 6th Australian Division: endless marching, dust storms, lack of sleep, and extreme temperature fluctuations between day and night.