John Robertson

Lest We Forget

Acrylic on Canvas

50 x 40cm

Gallipoli Artprize Finalist John Robertson

The title of the painting is ‘Lest we Forget’ and the rationale behind why I painted the solitary soldier was to show him as a representative of those who fought for our country and, in the brevity of time on the warfront, met their demise and never came home.

I used the second verse of Flanders Fields to emote the concept:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.