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...
  • Lawren Phillips Harris

    September 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Lawren Phillips Harris was born at Toronto in 1910. He was the eldest son of the famous Canadian artist Lawren Stewart Harris who was a founding member and leader in the Group of Seven. The son embraced the family tradition by studying art under his...
  • Canadian Airmen And Airwomen In The Korean War

    July 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Dan Ryan’s painting Towards Their Final Destination. In a new venture by author Carl Mills, 18 paintings were commissioned over the last few years to complement his upcoming book titled Canadian Airmen And Airwomen In The Korean War. All but two of these canvases were...
  • Eric Aldwinckle

    May 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Eric Aldwinckle was born in 1909 at Oxford, England. He moved to Canada in 1922 and worked as a graphic artist until he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. The self-taught artist was first employed on camouflage duties in Eastern Canada. In...
  • Arthur Nantel

    March 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Arthur Nantel’s war art captures life as a PoW during World War I. Christmas Eve in Geissen Camp. Arthur Nantel began his career as a commercial artist in his home town of Montreal, and although he had no formal training he spent a lifetime earning...
  • Rowley Walter Murphy

    January 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Seamen on Jetty Being Instructed on Bends and Hitches. Rowley Walter Murphy was a precise artist. Every painting was carefully rendered and demonstrated his love affair with ships and Canada’s World War II navy, and each painting was one more opportunity to explore the moods...
  • Thurston Topham

    September 1, 2002 by Jennifer Morse
    An Ammunition Column. Thurston Topham was Canadian by choice, not birth. Born in England in 1888, he emigrated to Montreal when he was 23. His British education prepared him for architecture and interior decoration, but after his experiences in World War I he decided to...

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