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...
  • Geoffrey Bagley

    October 11, 2010 by Jennifer Morse
    In 1985, on the 75th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy, Geoffrey Bagley donated 92 naval artworks to the Canadian War Museum, so in this the centennial year of the navy, it seems fitting to celebrate his contribution to Canada’s war art....
  • Karole Marois

    May 7, 2010 by Jennifer Morse
    Every Canadian should have the opportunity to travel to Europe and walk in the footsteps of those who served in the First and Second World Wars. There, part of our history is somehow more tangible; it is found in the cemeteries and on the faces...
  • Karen Bailey

    March 8, 2010 by Jennifer Morse
    Karen Bailey is passionate about drawing attention to the uncelebrated workers in countless jobs across this land. When she was chosen in 2007 as part of the Canadian Forces Artists Program (CFAP) she carried her vision into the hospital at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan....
  • Robert Semeniuk

    September 20, 2009 by Jennifer Morse
    Children mimic adults by playing war games at Huembo, Angola. PHOTO: ROBERT SEMENIUK In an issue that focuses on Canadian youth and explores our role in teaching and encouraging them to understand military history and remembrance, it is important to acknowledge that in some countries,...
  • From Fields Of Red – Canada’s War Art

    July 14, 2009 by Jennifer Morse
    Belgian artist Alfred Bastien’s painting, Canadian Snipers, Beaurain-en artois. CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-0055 The Flanders poppy has been the most recognized symbol of remembrance for the last 90 years, and so one would expect to find the scarlet flower proliferating in the over 13,000 artworks in...
  • Will Ogilvie

    May 14, 2009 by Jennifer Morse
    Horsa Gliders of the 6th Airborne Division. ILLUSTRATION: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM–AN19710261-4578 Canada has sent thousands of soldiers and a number of artists to war, and both roles have remained distinct and perhaps opposite in nature. Soldiers are trained, as best as they can be, for...
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