We are in it now

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 inches


Phil Hawke

This painting is a representation of five young Aussie diggers as they approach the beach at ANZAC Cove before dawn as part of the Gallipoli landing. Orders were to roll up they’re sleeves to the elbow so that flashes of white skin might give easier recognition during the assault, stow their heavy coats in packs and wear only tunics, they arrived at the beach chilled to the bone.

In this painting these five mates unsure if they will survive the next few minutes share this moment as the bloke at the back says “ We are in it now “.