George Gittoes: Civilisation

War zones, brutality and suffering inform the work of artist George Gittoes, who expresses social, political and humanitarian concerns relating to conflict and injustice.

In 2011, Gittoes established Yellow House Jalalabad, an iteration of the Sydney artists’ community founded in 1973, with the Afghani model intended as a haven for artists living in hostile territories. The outcome of this residency was Civilisation (2015), a large-scale installation of nine canvas panels, inspired by the paintings of Pashto heroes on rickshaws seen throughout the Nangarhar city.

George Gittoes, Civilisation (detail), 2015, oil and turpentine-based enamel and automotive spray paint on nine panel canvas, 3050 x 8230cm. Purchased with funds from the Turner Ralph Bequest, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Tasmania

Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Royal Park
Until 18 February, 2018