GALLIPOLI ART PRIZE celebrates ‘DOG OF WAR’

The phrase “dogs of war” evokes the unleashing of fury and violence, but dog-loving Melbourne artist Peter Wegner has won the Gallipoli art prize by depicting the softer side of canines in combat.

His ‘confronting’ oil painting shows a dog wearing a gas mask. It’s a homage to the many roles dogs have played in conflicts from World War I, when mustard gas was first used, right through to Afghanistan – as messengers, sentinels, mascots, in searching for wounded soldiers and just as importantly as morale boosters (www.theaustralian.com.au, April 23, 2013).

Dog of War painting

Photo by James Croucher (News Limited).

This attractive painting from Australian artist Peter Wegner received a lot of press Down Under. The prize was awarded by the Gallipoli Memorial Club (www.gallipoli.com.au), an organization formed in 1915 by veterans of World War I. The Gallipoli Art Prize Competition was founded in 2006 and will be conducted annually up to and including the Centenary Year 2015. This year’s prize (2013) is especially interesting for its depiction of a war dog wearing a gas mask, a familiar site on some battlefields.

Read more about it at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/anzac-day/dog-of-war-by-peter-wegner-takes-gallipoli-art-prize/story-e6frgdaf-1226627241857 and at http://www.gallipoli.com.au/.

Advertisements

About LiteraryDogs

I write and read about dogs, and admire dogs in print; ergo 'LiteraryDogs'. If you have some or all of these same sentiments, let's share our reading/writing knowledge and canine literary insights. My own writings are about Tibetan mastiffs, but I'm flexible and enjoy all dogs.
This entry was posted in Canine Art. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s