Australian Paintings

As some would know that follow his Facebook Page, Peter Barnes is an Australian artist.

His Australian war time paintings came out of a life long interest in Australia’s war history and the incredible sacrifice of many Australians who fought and died for our great country.

There are still a number of paintings left to buy below from his series of Australians in wartime.

Peter also does commissioned paintings, focusing on portraits and landscapes. You can phone him on 0418 82 7756 to discuss any painting you would like done.

Peter is the author of the Australian war heroes song, titled ‘Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching?’

He has also authored a state song for South Australia, titled ‘South Australia – It’s My Home’.

The painting is titled ‘VENUS – WW2 MASCOT’ (2022)  Size 40 CM x 50 CM.

‘Venus’ the bull dog mascot of the destroyer HMS Vansittart, during WW2.

Painted with acrylic paint on canva, and like all my paintings, wiring is put on the wooden structure, with the panting being delivered ready to hang on the wall.

The painting is for sale for $350, plus shipping … call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

 

The painting is titled ‘PRIVATE CEDRIC JAMES BULLOW’ (2022)  Size 40 CM x 50 CM.

 

He was an Australian soldier in WW1 with the 54 Battalion.
It was painted for his 81 year old son John. A commissioned painting.

The painting is titled ‘JACK BRABHAM’ (2022)  Size 60 CM x 50 CM.  A very famous Australian racing driver.

He was Formula One World Champion in 1959, 1960 and 1966. He founded the Brabham Racing Team

The painting is for sale for $350, plus shipping … call Peter on 0418 82 7756

The painting is titled ‘EASY RIDER’ (2021)  Size 90 CM x 60 CM.

Painted with acrylic paint on canvas.

The painting is for sale for $750, plus shipping … call Peter on 0418 82 7756

The painting is titled ‘MATES ON THE WESTERN FRONT’ (2020)  Size 1 Metre x 70Cm.  It is based on a photograph by Captain Frank Hurley during WW1.  The painting is for sale.  This is the second painting of a photograph by Captain Frank Hurley Peter has done.

The first one he painted, is ‘DESOLATION – WESTERN FRONT‘ – 1 metre x 70 cm, in 2015, and is of Australian soldiers from the 4th Division AIF field artillery walking on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood during the Battle of Passchendaele on the Western Front. It was sold in 2020.  Don’t miss out on this one… it is for sale for $900, plus shipping … call Peter on 0418 82 7756

The painting is titled ‘AFTERMATH’ (2020) Size 90CM x 60CM – painted with acrylic on canvas. Peter decided to paint it largely based on a photograph he took of a diorama at The Spirit of ANZAC Centenary Experience travelling exhibition when it came to Adelaide in 2016.

He included a water bottle, representing life, and a rifle, representing death. The soldier is obviously traumatised and the painting tries to show another side of the aftermath of war… with many of the survivors of war greatly damaged by their experiences and what they have witnessed.  The painting is for sale for $900 plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756

The painting is titled ‘CORPORAL VIC BURGESS 1974’ (2020) A very big size of 1 Metre x 1 Metre.

Painted with acrylic on canvas.

A commissioned painting.

The painting is titled ‘A WARRIOR’ (2020)

Size: 60cm x 90cm

It is painted in acrylic on canvas and is a commissioned portrait.

The person asked me to paint his portrait. He is definitely a warrior. His experience: 42 years of soldiering, either in uniform or armed contractor, humanitarian landmine clearer and technical adviser.

If you would like to commission Peter to paint a portrait, please contact him in Australia on 0418 82 7756.

The extraordinary painting is of Pilot Officer Rawdon Middleton, VC.

 

Painting title: ‘TRUE TO THE END‘.

Painted in 2018.

Canvas size: 90CM X 60CM.

Painted in acrylic paint on canvas. 

The painting is for sale for $900, plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

The painting features his plane, grave and portrait, in the area he flew. One of a kind painting that focuses on one of Australia’s greatest war heroes.

The painting is titled ‘AUSTRALIAN COMMANDO’ (2016) (50CM X 70CM).

It is painted in acrylic on canvas.

This is a very striking and commanding painting of Australia’s modern military. The only painting Peter has done of Australia’s modern military… very rare indeed.

The painting is for sale for $400, plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

Another Australian painting online.

The drawing is titled ‘SMOKY‘  (2020).

Smoky was a famous WW2 war dog.

First drawing in nearly 50 years.

The drawing is titled ‘PIPER BOY’  (1971).

The drawing by Peter is 51 years old.

A painting by Peter from 1978. 

 

The endearing painting is titled ‘LITTLE SMOKY’ (2019) – 50 CM X 40 CM. The painting is acrylic on canvas and is not for sale.

Peter chose to paint the photograph of Smoky the famous WW2 war dog.

Smoky (c. 1943 – 21 February 1957), a Yorkshire Terrier, was a famous war dog who served in WW2. She weighed only 1.8 kg and stood 180 mm tall.

Smoky was credited with twelve combat missions and awarded eight battle stars. She survived 150 air raids on New Guinea and her owner credited Smoky with saving his life by warning him of incoming shells on an LST (transport ship), calling her an “angel from a foxhole.”

The painting is titled ‘AUSTRALIAN WAR HERO – WW2’ (2015) – 70 CM X 100CM.

Peter chose to paint the famous WW2 photograph taken on the 30th of July 1943 of Corporal Leslie (Bull) Allen MM, aged 26 of Ballarat, Victoria, carrying out a wounded American soldier down the slopes of Mount Tambu, New Guinea, during the Wau – Salamaua campaign, one of 12 he retrieved.

He was awarded the US Silver Star and had already received his Military Medal (MM) on the 7th of February 1943, at Crystal Creek, Wau .(He was born in Ballarat in 1916 and died in Ballarat in 1982).

Peter is also a Ballarat boy… Born there in 1953.

This is one of Peter’s greatest paintings. If you would like to commission Peter to do a painting, contact him in Australia on 0418 82 776.

The painting has been sold. It is an original Australian painting.

The painting is titled ‘LEST WE FORGET’ (2018) – 1 METRE X 75CM.

It is painted with acrylic on canvas.

With the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 on Remembrance Day, 11th of November 2018, it was decided to do a painting of a field of poppies.

A very poignant painting.  The painting is not for sale.

The painting is titled ‘MATESHIP’ (2015) – 100 CM X 100CM. The WW1 painting is based on an iconic Gallipoli photograph of a soldier carrying a wounded mate.

Mateship is a defining character within the Australian nation and its military. The painting was created with acrylic paint.

Paintings that feature mateship in war time are very popular, and if you would like to commission a painting, don’t hesitate to contact Peter on 0418 82 7756.

It is an original Australian painting. This painting is sold.

The painting is titled ‘DAVE’ (2015) – 60 X 90CM. The Vietnam War painting was created with acrylic paint on canvas.

The painting is not for sale.

The painting was donated to Dave, an Australian Vietnam War veteran, for his service to our country in Vietnam, and later, for his service to his local community.

If you would like to commission Peter to do a painting, please contact him in Australia on 0418 82 7756.

The painting is titled ‘DESOLATION – WESTERN FRONT’ (2015) – 100 CM X 70CM.

The WW1 painting was created with acrylic paint.

A famous WW1 photograph by the well known official war photographer Captain Frank Hurley, was the inspiration for this painting.

The painting has a 3D effect which made it even more compelling.

The painting is sold.

The painting is titled ‘WW1 SOLDIER’ (2015) – 60 X 90CM.

The WW1 painting was created with acrylic paint using a knife and brush work.

Peter wanted to capture the look of a soldier who had experienced the horror of war.

Also, Peter didn’t want the painting to be perfect, meaning he wanted a rough feel to it so that’s why he used a knife to paint it as well as a brush.

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul..

The painting is for sale for $450, plus shipping. It is the first painting in Peter’s series of paintings featuring Australians in war time. It is a very unique painting and has an incredible presence… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

The painting is titled ‘NED KELLY’ (2016) 70CM X 50CM.

The Ned Kelly painting was created with acrylic paint on canvas.

One of the most asked about paintings by Peter.

The painting is not for sale.

The painting is titled ‘MYSTICAL FALLS’ (2017) – 70CM X 50CM.

The contemporary painting was created with enamel paint on canvas.

The painting is for sale for $300, plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

Australian painting online.

The painting (70CM X 50CM) is titled ‘BOAT ON BEACH’ (2017).

The oil painting was painted on canvas.  This is the only oil painting by Peter and is for sale for $600, plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

The painting (1 METRE X 75CM) is titled ‘RED RIVER’ (2015).

The painting is for sale for $300, plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

It is painted in enamel on canvas.

The painting is titled ‘WHITE TREES’ (2018).

90CM X 70CM

Painted in acrylic on canvas.

Something different and compelling.

The painting is for sale for $300, plus shipping… call Peter on 0418 82 7756.