2-5TH A.G.H. BOOTLESS INLET. R. Malcolm Warner.


Original watercolour, signed 'R. Malcolm Warner Moresby July 45' in the bottom fore-corner; 36 cm. x 46 cm.; within mount which is lettered '2-5th A.G.H. Bootless Inlet' along bottom edge; glazed and framed. *Ralph Malcolm Warner (1902-1987) was born in Geelong. A self-taught watercolourist, he worked mainly as an advertising artist and illustrator, and exhibited at commercial galleries around Melbourne. During the Second World War he was initially employed by the Australian Army's Southern Command as a camoflaguer, later producing posters about wartime security. He was appointed an Official War Artist in 1943, and recorded the Australian operations against the Japanese in Papua New Guinea. (Bootless Inlet is a body of water in southeastern Papua New Guinea, south of Port Moresby). Warner's landscapes of war in the tropics were subsequently published in two servicemen's Christmas books. After extensive work recording the Australian airmen training in Canada, he toured country areas of New South Wales and Victoria to record the civil and industrial war effort and food production. After the war, he successfully resumed his commercial art career, and won numerous prizes as a watercolourist. Item #094651

Price: $2,000.00

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