Photorealist painting - INTERFET

Materials: Acrylic on MDF board
Dimensions: 44 x 67 cm
Painted: 2001

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Photorealism can be used to not only convey beautiful, shiny, reflective things but to communicate an idea. This painting depicts a sun-burnt Australian soldier on top of a vehicle manning a machine-gun as another soldier stands further back in their vehicle as they patrol the streets of Dili, the capitol of East Timor. The soldiers were there as part of the INTERFET forces which were to protect the local Timorese population from the murderous pro-Indonesian militias who started using horrific violence after there was a a successful vote for independence.

Bert Ernie has created a deliberate body of photorealism that doesn’t easily fall into the trap of being overly reliant on visual tricks to provide the viewer with something worth looking at. Bert believes that photorealist art should also be about ideas, as well as being easily understandable.

This painting has an abstract painting – Jungle 1 on the reverse side.

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