Bill Hope

Distant Inheritance

Acrylic on Wood

90 x 60cm

Gallipoli Artprize Finalist Bill Hope

“Distant Inheritance’ is about the increasing difficult task of reconciling the experiences of young Australians with the values we imbue in our historical narratives. As each subsequent generation layers its own meaning onto the events of the Gallipoli Campaign, the relationship between the real soldiers and the values we wish them to represent becomes blurred. As the distance between our lived experience and that of the ANZACs’ widens, it becomes vital that commonalities are celebrated.

I want this painting to represent a generation struggling to see beyond historical clutter and into the timeless pursuit of comradeship, courage and peace.