David Rowlands: 30 Years as a War Artist

19th January 2017 Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Join David Rowlands as he speaks about his fascinating career sketching and painting soldiers and their encampments in war zones including Northern Ireland, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, illustrated with first-hand pencil sketches, his oil paintings, and photos of his adventures.

David has had over 200 paintings commissioned which record the dramatic effects of war. As a freelance artist he has accompanied the British Army in Northern Ireland from 1985, the Gulf War (1991), Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, travelling in the war zones, sketching soldiers and their encampments in hostile terrain. His admiration for the good humour, courage, comradeship and sense of fair play of British soldiers has inspired him with a vocation to paint them in the front line. As a civilian it has often proved very difficult to get up to ‘the sharp end’, as so many obstacles are put in the way. But once there, he has roughed it with the soldiers and the experience has enabled him to depict the scenes in his paintings with a veracity that is very hard to achieve unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes.

The talk is FREE and includes a glass of wine on arrival. Suitable for ages 14 and above. Booking is essential.

This event is part of Perth and Kinross Remembers, a series of exhibitions and events to commemorate those lost in conflict across Culture Perth and Kinross museums and libraries.


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