again, I have been influenced by Margaret Preston, the pre-eminent
Australian printmaker. Even though she was renowned for her woodblock
prints, she also dabbled in other types of art including stencils.
One stencil of hers that I particularly like is Rock Lilly (see below left)
where you can see her variations in colour. She would use a sponge to stamp
the paint into the stencil.
Above is my first attempt at something similar. I decided to try to
replicate the Bullecourt Digger, a statue in Bullecourt, France, created by
Melbourne Artist Peter Corlett (below right), to commemorate the thousands
of Diggers who perished on the Western Front.
Bullecourt was particularly deadly for the Aussies as the tanks - only new
to warfare - that were supposed to support the assault, did not make it to
the battle. As a result, there was a significant lack of trust in the
by the Aussies and it took Monash and some hard working British tank
officers to convince them of their usefulness prior to the Battle of Le
Hamel. The tanks proved their worth and saved much effort and many allied