Award-winning Australian artist Ben Quilty and the Australian War Memorial are generously donating to the charity Soldier On the proceeds of limited edition prints of some of Quilty’s artworks from Afghanistan.
Quilty first met Oddie, the Deputy Commander of the Australian forces in the Middle East during his Afghanistan deployment. After Oddie returned Quilty invited him to sit for a portrait. Oddie's experience of being painted by Quilty often confronted him with the various layers of feelings he had previously held in check, and this allowed him to open up and discuss further his memories and reactions.
The portrait reveals a man returning from war and its burden of responsibility, exhausted emotionally and mentally and his progress towards a more positive view of life and of himself as a survivor.
Air Commodore John Oddie, after Afghanistan, no.1
Prints are sold unframed and measure 112 x 106 cm, there are a limited number of 100 available.
Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity, uniquely numbered, signed by the artist Ben Quilty, Director of the Memorial Brendan Nelson and subject Air Commodore John Oddie (Ret’d).
Artwork captions details: Ben Quilty, Air Commodore John Oddie, after Afghanistan, no.1, 2012, oil on linen, 140 x 140 x 4cm, ART94523.
Please note: no discounts apply to this product.