Local artists inspired by visit to WWI battlefields

Two local artists have been selected to exhibit their works at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park to mark the Centenary of the end of World War I.

Idris Murphy of Caringbah and Steve Lopes of Kogarah were among 12 artists who travelled to the battlefields of the Western Front in France to record their impressions.

The exhibition brings together the works they created in response to their visits to their historic battlefields where more than 46,000 Australian troops perished between August, 1914 and November, 1918.

Each artist responded differently to their visit in the mediums of painting, drawing or sculpture.

The result is the exhibition Salient which can be seen at the newly-extended Anzac Memorial which will open on the Armistice Centenary Service, next Sunday, November 11.

The full title of the exhibition is The Western Front 100 Years on 1918-2018. Salient: Contemporary Australian Artists Remember.

Steve Lopes was winner of the 2018 Gallipoli Prize for his work ‘Exposed Wood, Mont St Quentin', which was inspired by his visit to the historic battlefields of the Western Front.

The exhibition will be at the Anzac Memorial until February, 2019.