“The Parade” is part of the traveling exhibition “A Brush with War: military art from Korea to Afghanistan“. This exhibition, organized by the Canadian War Museum, will travel across Canada from 2009 to 2012.
As an artist with the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP). I was provided with a remarkable opportunity to witness the training of Canadian soldiers up close and translate my observations into a visual language. I traveled with soldiers and veterans for three weeks in 2005, during the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Holland.
“The Parade” is a new acquisition for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa Canada and is part of its permanent art collection in 2012.
Canadian Art Magazine: “A Brush with War: The Art of Conflict”
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Together Side by Side, 2010
mixed media on 65 wood panels
24.7 m x 1.2 m
The background of this artwork “Together Side by Side” could be described as a meditation on the complicated subject of conflict and war, but the focus is clearly on the act of remembering as part of the psychological healing.
In 2010, to mark the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland, I completed 65 panels. The rounded vertical panels of the installation allude to a row of soldiers’ gravestones. At the same time, one is reminded of soldiers standing side by side, of the strong bond between them in life and beyond, and of the everlasting friendship between the Canadians and the Dutch.
“Together Side by Side” was exhibited in the Netherlands during the Liberation Festival in 2011. Since its acquisition by the City of Apeldoorn in 2012, it remains permanently displayed in the City Hall of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Canadian Forces Artist Program
Canadian Military Art Now – The first ten years of the Canadian Forces Artist Program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNGDiIsGb04