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...
  • Tom Bjarnason

    November 27, 2008 by Jennifer Morse
    CF-18 Hornet Training. CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19850388-0040 Born in 1925 at Winnipeg, Tom Bjarnason was the last of eight children. His love affair with airplanes began the moment he got close enough to touch one. He remembers being six or seven years old—walking for hours to...
  • John W. Beatty

    September 20, 2008 by Jennifer Morse
    Lievin From Vimy Ridge. CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-0101 John Beatty had a boisterous start in life. Born in Toronto in 1869, he was expelled from school at age 13 and by 16, itching for adventure, was enlisted and served as a bugle boy in the Northwest...
  • T.R. MacDonald

    August 25, 2008 by Jennifer Morse
    Night Travellers. CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-4361 We were given a jeep and a driver and left to do something called war art…. We received our supplies of paint, brushes and things in London before we went over; I took oil and a paintbox and a lot...
  • William MacDonnell

    May 1, 2008 by Jennifer Morse
    The Wall – 1994 CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19970054-001 The bleak quietness of William MacDonnell’s canvases is strangely threatening, and this is quite deliberate. The scenic painting titled Tragedy On A Country Road marks a place where Canadian soldiers, while driving, hit a landmine in the former...
  • Christopher R.W. Nevinson

    March 13, 2008 by Jennifer Morse
    From the four-panel mural The Roads of France. CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM: AN19710261-0519 Christopher R.W. Nevinson, one of the earliest war artists, created images of World War I that explored the personal and global consequences of war. While one early painting was censored for its unflinching...
  • Johnnene Maddison

    September 1, 2007 by Jennifer Morse
    PHOTOS: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM Johnnene Maddison’s quilts include, clockwise from left, Beulah Sime Musselwhite 2003; Gina Boni Holzer 2004; The Women of Polymer 2004 and Delphine James Pegouske Themean 2002. Johnnene Maddison wanted to find a way to recognize the contribution of Canadian women on...
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