War Art

Sketchbook brings soldiers to life

Richard Johnson is an old-school war artist. He’s walked the hard miles in Iraq and Afghanistan, shunning the camera for pencil and sketchbook, speedily yet meticulously recording soldiers at war and peace in shades of grey. Born in Scotland and now living in Maryland, the man technically known as a news illustrator has taken...
  • Brian Lorimer

    November 7, 2014 by Jennifer Morse
    Remembrance, which is two paintings, depicts a young girl walking through the ruins of a battlefield. PHOTO: BRIAN LORIMER Brian Lorimer paints big, vivid pictures and for the last two years he has dedicated himself to capturing and commemorating the First World War. He has...
  • Bruce Stewart

    March 10, 2013 by Jennifer Morse
    Inspiration can come from the strangest places. For Ottawa artist Bruce Stewart the idea to paint the military ran down his street three years ago. He explains, “I live...across from the rehab centre and...this great, big guy on two metal legs came jogging down my...
  • Canada’s War Art: 1812

    July 8, 2012 by Jennifer Morse
    The War of 1812 was the first and last time our southern neighbour invaded the territory that is now Canada. But it wasn’t just the British and Canadians at war with the Americans. Even before war was declared in June 1812, aboriginal nations pledged allegiance...
  • The Canadian Forces Artists Program

    August 10, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Over the last 95 years, more than 200 artists have been charged with capturing the military history of our nation. With their brush stokes they recorded Vimy Ridge, the Somme, D-Day, Korea, Bosnia and Afghanistan to mention only a few. They sketched and painted amidst...
  • Doug Bradford

    June 5, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Doug Bradford is a barber. He has been cutting hair for 50 years in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and in his spare time he paints. He never went to art school. His only teacher was his mother, who loved art and encouraged...
  • Scott Waters

    March 18, 2011 by Jennifer Morse
    Scott Waters has an unusual vantage point for an artist. Over the last two decades he has created a body of work that both supports and tears down the mythology of soldiering. For the three years before that, he lived it. Twenty-three years ago the...
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