Dobell’s Cows

‘When World War II broke out. Bill [Dobell] served first as a camouflage labourer, later as an artist recording the work of the Civil Construction Corps,, which built airfields and other defence projects. As a camouflagist, he was one of a group of several, later famous, artists who had been ordered to make papier- mache cows and move them around the base in the hope of fooling Japanese pilots. (said Bill, “I think the authorities underestimated the eyesight of Japanese airmen”.) For almost a year he shared a hut with fellow-artist Joshua Smith.’

Extract from Unforgettable “Sir Bill” Dobell, Dr Edward McMahon, first proof

 

John Kelly: Cow Depot (IV), oil on canvas, 1994

John Kelly: Cow Depot (IV), oil on canvas, 1994

Cow Depot (IV), oil on canvas, 1994
John Kelly: The Incident, oil on Canvas, 1993

John Kelly: The Incident, oil on Canvas, 1993

The Incident, oil on canvas, 1993

John Kelly: Half painted Cow on Trestles, oil on canvas, 1994

Half painted Cow on Trestles, oil on canvas, 1994

John Kelly: Aerial View 1995 Oil on canvas

Aerial View, 1995, oil on canvas
John Kelly: Three Men and Two Cows, oil on plywood

John Kelly: Three Men and Two Cows, oil on plywood

Three Men and Two Cows, oil on plywood

John Kelly: Two Men Lifting a Cow, oil on canvas, 1995

Two Men Lifting a Cow, oil on canvas, 1995
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