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Australian artist

Walker, Ralph (1912-2003)

Sergent Ralph Walker (left) attending a camouflage school. Later Ralph Walker became an official war artist; taken at Georges Heights, NSW, 1944; donated by the artist to the collection of the Australian War Memorial P00924.001

Walker studied at the East Sydney Technical College with sculptor Rayner Hoff. He enlisted in 1941, serving as a camouflage instructor. From 1944 to 1947 he was employed as an official war artist, primarily to collect ideas for the dioramas that he completed after the war. His sculptures are distinctive for their compassion rather than the glorification of subjects.

The artwork in this exhibition

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