John Skillington

As WE that are left

Oil on Linen

50 x 56cm

Gallipoli Artprize Finalist John Skillington

Binyon’s poem, ‘For the Fallen’ contains that familiar passage speaking of the endurance and sacrifice of war, itself referenced in the memorial sculptures of C.S. Jagger, an artist who served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

An interpretation of Jagger’s sculpture ‘The Driver’, from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, seeks to evoke several symbolic virtues, from the angel, to the crucifix, to the Vitruvian man. This immortal, powerful presence of the driver is tempered by the integration of his ageing, reflective, perhaps contemporary counterpart.