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I have just completed two new companion pieces to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. In the summer of 1940 Britain virtually stood alone against the might of the German Luftwaffe. The fate of the nation was tasked with Royal Air Force’s Fighter Command and the young pilots who flew the Hurricane and Spitfire. Both paintings measure 90cm x 60cm and highlight the roles both aircraft played in defending Britain. Additionally, the main aircraft depicted in each of the two works were flown by leading Australian pilots in the RAF – Howard Mayers and John Curchin. Click on the images to read more about the paintings.
18th June 2015 is the Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary. I have been working on a new work to commemorate this event. Although not quite finished, below is an updated image of the Acrylic on Canvas painting. The original piece measures 100cm x 70.5cm and is a depiction of the famous and pivotal action at Hougoumont Chateau (Château d'Hougoumont), Belgium. Following a failed attack on the wood and park, French forces mounted a second attack on the north gate access point. This breach was initially successful although eventually the defending British Coldstream Guards managed to overwhelm the intruders and shut the gate. My painting (as yet untitled) shows the initial French attack as the defending British rush to shut the gates. I will post updates of this painting when completed.
MEDIA RELEASE - August 2014
Major contemporary artwork to be exhibited complete in its intended configuration in Adelaide based world premiere.
“Project Icarus”, a 19 canvas opus magnum by contemporary artist will feature as the highlight of a Drew Harrison solo exhibition at the Adelaide Convention Centre opening on Tuesday. Project Icarus has been exhibited as 19 individual canvases in the past but never installed in the planned “opus magnum” integrated rectangular format.
“This is the world premier for this installation of canvases in the form it was intended” says Drew Harrison. “In the original Form 1, Project Icarus comprises nineteen individual canvas panels that create one singular piece. It is a mind bending surrealist journey inspired by the mechanical yet grounded in the tradition of visual story telling.”
From Tuesday 2nd September, Project Icarus will form one of two series by Drew Harrison to be showcased at the Adelaide Convention Centre as part of the CentreArtBeat initiative. The other series is the thought provoking, pop-art inspired, and colourful twelve part series of Chasing American Dreams that aims to both celebrate and criticize 21st century living through bold imagery and a wry sense of humour.
“I am delighted that I am able to showcase my work in such a beautiful and prominent Adelaide venue overlooking the Torrens Riverbank precinct” said Harrison
Official launch is Tuesday 2nd September, 2014, at Adelaide Convention Centre from 6:00pm until 7:30pm. To be opened by Mr Bryce Coombe, Managing Director of advertising agency Clemenger BBDO (Adelaide). The exhibition will be open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and during any scheduled events across evenings and/or weekends until 2nd October. Please call Adelaide Convention Centre on 08 8212 4099 to check accessibility for these times.
Michael Neale (Representing Drew Harrison): 0400 100 908
Drew Harrison: 0431 055 406