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...
  • Goodridge Roberts

    May 1, 2006 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-5023 Grey Day on a Station. Canadian war artist Goodridge Roberts was born while his parents were vacationing in Barbados in 1904. He was raised in a family of editors, poets and writers, but from his earliest years was determined to paint. In...
  • Catherine Jones

    March 1, 2006 by Jennifer Morse
    Catherine Jones’s portraits capture the expressions of WW II veterans. Halifax artist Catherine Jones loves to paint the old, and so it is reasonable to expect that her portraits of World War II veterans would be rendered in a style both faded and gentle. Instead,...
  • Gerald Edward Moira

    January 1, 2006 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-0429; AN19710261-0427; AN19710261-0428 Above: The three panels of Gerald Moira’s triptych of No. 3 Stationary Hospital near Doullens, France. In the early years of the Canadian War Memorial Fund (CWMF), Lord Beaverbrook turned to British artists to document Canadian subjects in World War...
  • Elaine Goble

    September 1, 2005 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN20010243-001 Remembrance Day 2000. In the mid-1990s, Elaine Goble created a portrait of six veterans at a Remembrance Day ceremony. A few years later she drew her eight-year-old daughter listening to an elderly woman tell stories about her experiences during and after World...
  • Alex Colville

    July 1, 2005 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM–AN19710261-2059 Exhausted Prisoners. Alex Colville began his 60-year career as a war artist, and his lifetime of work has sustained his signature aloofness from those days. Understandable for a 24-year-old artist trying to survive the war and needing enough distance to keep from...
  • Cyril Henry Barraud

    January 1, 2005 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM–AN19710261-022 Mont St. Eloi. Cyril Henry Barraud left us with a fine collection of etchings, paintings and sketches from World War I. Each piece is beautifully composed and reminiscent of a style you might find in storybooks created in the early 1900s. His...

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