Mixed media on board
46 x 39cm
MALCOLM, my grandfather served as a signaler in the Australian Light-horse in what was then known as Palestine from 1917-1919. In the photos I have of him from that time, his face is always deep in shadow, and its difficult to get the measure of the man. He lost most his hearing due to an infection caught during his time in the Jordan Valley in 1918. He was at the charge on Beersheba but he was also one of the many soldiers that contracted Venereal Disease spending 74 days in hospital undergoing the hideous treatments available at that time. He was an unknowable presence in my life and I have painted him as such in this portrait.