Prize-winning veteran art auction
2RAR Historical Collection Fundraising – ONLINE FACEBOOK AUCTION 2019 – Framed, Limited, Artist-Signed Print Auction.
This print is signed by the artist, Rob Douma and the subject, Sergeant Robert Althofer.
The original artwork won 1st Prize in the Australian War Memorial’s 2018 Napier Waller Art Prize.
2RAR Historical Collection has received a very generous donation, that is the subject of this online auction, from Robert Douma, a former 2RAR soldier and degree-qualified artist.
Robert is also proprietor of the Townsville tattoo studio ‘Death Proof Tattoos’.
This limited artist-signed print is from his entry in the inaugural Napier Waller Art Prize run by the Australian War Memorial – which won 1st Prize.
“The Napier Waller Art Prize program aims to promote artistic excellence and the healing potential of art, while raising a broader awareness of the military experience and the impact of service on the individual. This prize is the only one offered to former and current Defence personnel at a national level. In its inaugural year, the 2018 Napier Waller Art Prize attracted more than 100 entries. The success and interest in the prize has set a positive course for the Memorial to continue celebrating artistic excellence, providing a platform for people who have served to communicate their experiences.”
The print was professionally framed by Geoff and Jody from ‘Top Frames’ in Townsville.
Called Green on Blue: The betrayal of trust, the original artwork is charcoal on paper – more details here.
This auction will be carried out online by emailing, texting or private messaging the curator with the following information…
Name, and organisation (if you represent one)
(If winner is not local they will need to pay postage)
The curator will amend the auction Facebook post to include the highest bid as the auction progresses.
The Auction will conclude on ANZAC Day and be announced at the 2RAR (Amphib) ANZAC Day Commemorations [and presumably on Facebook too].
The current high bid (8 April 2019) is $1000 by Dean Caswell, Ex 2RAR and 2/4RAR and YouTuber ‘In The Trenches with Cas‘
The 2RAR Historical collection is volunteer run and Donation funded. Only Ex- members of the Battalion are volunteers, most are medically discharged/disability pensioners, and they are all struggling with their physical and mental health, with their volunteering giving them meaningful engagement as well as providing positive interaction between them and their old Unit. Volunteers have served all along 2 RAR (Amphib)’s time line, including the time when it was linked to form, 2/4 RAR. Volunteers range in age from their 30’s to their late 80’s, they have served in places such as Korea, Malaya, South Vietnam, Somalia, Rwanda, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and Timor Leste.
So if you are a RSL, Company or just an individual that would like to display this unique signed artist’s and subject print that will be a great talking point and great display of your support for Australia’s military heritage please think about bidding and in turn this will support the work of the volunteer’s in the 2 RAR Historical Collection.
Second to None!
Jason ‘Harry’ Harrison
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