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Portrait of Lieutenant Tony Fraser

Portrait of Lieutenant Tony Fraser
Graphite on heavyweight paper accompanied by Giclee print
420mm x 600mm

Brigadier Anthony 'Tony' Fraser, CSC, was the Brigade Commander of 16 Brigade (Aviation), and commanded all Australian Army aviation assets. Upon his promotion and transfer from 16 Bde, his colleagues organised to have a special presentation created.

With some collusion, I was given copies of his logbook and the flight assessment report from his instructor rating test as well as a photograph of him as a younger officer courtesy of his wife.

With these tools in hand, I then created the picture at left; a profile of the Kiowa helicopter with the tail number of the aircraft in which he conducted his flight test, the logbook extract from his flight and his flight assessment and word picture. Finally, a graphite sketch of the then LT Fraser.

All in all, a very personal gift by his officers, men and women under his command and staff.



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Independent Productions and Aviation Services is the website of Conway Bown, Australian Army Official War Artist and Aviation Consultant. Services include portrait painting and other portraiture, aviation services such as CRM - Crew Resource Management - and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training - HUET - which may include Emergency Breathing Systems - EBS - training using Helicopter Aircrew Breathing Devices - HABD - or Helicopter Emergency Egress Device - HEEDs.

During 2006, Conway Bown deployed to the Middle East as the Australian Army's Official War Artist, what the US Armed Forces call Combat Artist. This website features the artwork created during this project as part of the Australian Army's Official Art Scheme.

For more information on War Art, Combat Artists, Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS) or Crew Resource Management (CRM), please visit the relevant webpages:

HUET - RHO Aviation

CRM - RHO Aviation

EBS - RHO Aviation

Official War Artist - IPAS.