Congratulations to Brisbane artist David Hayes on his selection as a finalist in the 2017 Gallipoli Art Prize for his work 'Man Down'.
The Gallipoli Art Prize is an annual art prize that commemorates the legacy of those heroes who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 and is held at the Gallipoli Memorial Club in Sydney.
Of this work David says -
'My artistic practice utilizes metaphorical representations to illustrate concepts of masculinity. This painting is intended as a haunting and poignant depiction of the enduring memory of the men of Gallipoli.
The sounds of gunfire have long since dissipated in the air, and the colour of the spilled blood has faded into the soil, but far from forgotten is the character, the spirit and the courage of these young men.
I don’t know each man’s name, I don’t know what each man’s struggle was, and I don’t know what they thought in those moments on their own. But I can feel that they have helped shape me through our common heritage of never letting a mate down.
My collected thoughts rest on the tangible nature of the surviving ephemera of an ethereal time and place. My composition considers the survivors, the fallen, the symbols of bravery and love, and centrally the eternal flame of remembrance – lest we forget.'
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th April 2017.
Mitchell Fine Art will host a solo exhibition of David's works from the 25th October - 18 November 2017.