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For as long as Australians have been serving in wars, the victories and losses, battles and faces have been recorded by artists. What is it like to be an artist in war? How does the experience of war change artists and how, in turn, has their work changed Australians' view of themselves, their country and their involvement in conflict? Award-winning journalist Scott Bevan put these questions to Australian artists who have recorded, been affected by and responded to theatres of war, including Sir William Dargie, Nora Heysen, Ray Parkin, Bruce Fletcher, Rick Amor, Ray Beattie, Wendy Sharpe and Peter Churcher. Their stories are fascinating, painting a vivid picture of the artists' experience of depicting conflict- the hope and tragedy, inspiration and frustration, humanity and beauty that can be found amid the death and destruction of war. Staining the paper with their own sweat, and drawing with whatever materials they had to hand in hostile and dangerous environments, the artists risked their lives to create their art. They were compelled to record what they were seeing, from Alan Moore's bleak sketches of the horror of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, to Ray Parkin's dr

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740513296
ISBN-10: 1740513290
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: Australia


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Author Biography - Scott Bevan

Scott Bevan is an award-winning journalist and author. Over the past two decades, he has reported for news and current affairs television, and worked as a radio broadcaster, feature writer and arts reviewer. He has also written fiction and non-fiction works. He has also contributed articles to magazines and newspapers, including writing about the arts for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. While reporting on the East Timor crisis for the Nine Network's A Current Affair in 1999, Scott met war artist Wendy Sharpe. Observing her at work inspired him to write Battle Lines.

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