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Had the great opportunity of meeting Geoffrey Mainwaring when I studied art as a young person at Ballarat Junior Technical School and for one year at the School Of Mines Ballarat.

Lieutenant Geoffrey Richard Mainwaring was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1912.

He studied at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts before becoming an art teacher at Thebarton Technical School (1928-36). He joined the 2nd Australian Imperial Force in June 1941 and after five months was transferred to the Engineers and employed as a Sergeant-Instructor, specialising in demolitions.

In late 1942, he was sent to New Guinea as an Australian army artist on probation.

While in New Guinea Geoffrey Mainwaring battled with the climate and conditions: he had trouble receiving sufficient art supplies, oil paint would not dry, and there were countless problems sending completed works back to the Military History Section (MHS) headquarters in Melbourne. He returned to Australia for several months before being sent back to New Guinea as an official war artist.

On the 27th of May 1947, Mainwaring was discharged from the Army, having served for five and a half years. He was appointed as an artist on a civilian basis until his paintings were completed in March 1948.

Geoffrey Mainwaring was adept at depicting a variety of subjects, from landscapes to portraits, and was very competent using a variety of media, including pencil, oils, and watercolour. He was a confident draftsperson, and completed many sensitively rendered portraits that give an insight into the character of the sitter. The Memorial holds 392 of his works of art, including many portraits, detailed drawings of military technology (tanks, aircraft and weaponry), and pen and wash studies completed in the field.

Geoffrey Mainwaring taught at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines.

Geoffrey Mainwaring died in Ballarat in April 2000.

Most of the information and all of his artwork on this post comes from the Australian War Memorial.
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Harold Septimus Power (31st of December 1877 – 3rd of January 1951) was a New Zealand born Australian artist, who was an official war artist for Australia in WW1.

After war broke out in the summer of 1914, the Australian government appointed official war artists to depict the activities of the Australian Imperial Force in the European theater of war.

Power was appointed in 1917 and was attached to the 1st Division AIF from September to December of that year and then again in August the following year.

He was renowned for his depiction of animals, in particular horses on the field of battle.

After the war, Power was contracted by the Australian War Records Section for the next two decades.

One of his paintings is 'Bringing up the guns'.

Information for this post came from Wikipedia.
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