●GALLIPOLI (deconstructing Bunyip Bluegum)●
Acrylic painting on canvas, 30x30cm 
I once spoke with a man who was an Aussie soldier at Gallipoli in 1915. He was haunted by the experience 70 years later.
This is my response to Norman Lindsay’s WW1 propaganda poster ‘The Trumpet Calls’
Bunyip Bluegum is the name of his koala character in the 1918 children’s book ‘The Magic Pudding’.
Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.
I’m taking this month off to get over an illness.
I’m adding some old (non-koala) work instead. Maybe Keith Haring is right, it’s not art if it’s sitting in a cupboard, and nobody sees it. You decide.
Pencil Sketch - 1994
After Rembrandt? Frans Hal? not sure. pencil on a4 cartridge paper.
Submitted this with other works in my application to teach Drawing to Adults (in Far North Queensland).
Went through a phase of wanting to be a professional portrait painter. Tried my hand at portrait drawing at the Kuranda tourist market. But wasn’t for me.