Australian SAS Art
 
My Mate Lest We Forget

My Mate – Lest We Forget (Oil on Canvas)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: SAS Art Collection.
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The flag’s half-mast – my mate is gone – the grief’s too raw to share.
My mind is blank – I cannot think – his loss is all that’s there.

To family that he left behind, I’m sorry for this day.
I want to share how much he meant, but don’t know what to say.

They say he died for freedom sake – in part this may be true.
I really feel his sacrifice was meant for me and you.

It’s hard to talk about a mate and sum up all he is,
Those traits the ANZAC diggers had - these virtues all were his.

He was a soldier through and through - he stood beside the best.
With things that mattered on the field, be sure he passed the test.

I always knew he had my back– he was a dinkum friend.
His loved ones were upon his mind until the very end.

We shared good times, we shared some bad, we laughed and reminisced.
My mate sure was a lot of things – but most of all he’s missed.

I never told him what he meant – for this I do regret.
But always will I honour him, ‘MY MATE – LEST WE FORGET’.

It was a great honour to have the Governor of Western Australia read my memorial poem on ANZAC Day.
WA Govenor Reading Poem
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SAS Moment of Contact
SAS - Moment of Contact (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
The SAS 'Moment of Contact' Print is recently released: SASHF

Rotary wing aircraft such as the Blackhawk helicopter have enabled this troop sized element to make first contact with the enemy in a remote Afghan village, whilst overhead AH-64 Apache gunships are on stand-by for any unforseen resistance from the insurgents. The crop that they are patrolling through provides little cover from the enemy’s small arms fire. Time sensitive targeting requires up-to-date intelligence, the element of speed and surprise if it is to be successful.
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SAS Moment of Contact
SAS - Compound Assault (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
The SAS 'Moment of Contact' Print is recently released: SASHF

“SASR targeting operations against Taliban leadership routinely required the assault and clearance of hostile Afghan villages.  Contact with the enemy often occurred both in and around compounds resulting in intense, close quarter fire-fights.  SAS operators swarm the insurgent stronghold, with nerve, courage and teamwork being vital.  An airborne overwatch team scans the surrounds looking to interdict combatants attempting to flee whilst a military working dog strains to be loosed into the fight.  Loyal dedication saw a number of dogs killed in action, effectively saving the lives of many Regiment members during the conflict.”
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SAS Art

The Australian SAS Soldier (Jubilee Artwork) (Oil on Canvas)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: SAS Art Collection.
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Australia has a canny son – his skills are world renowned
When tensions on the globe erupt, he’s first upon the ground

He’s the lion of the army – to this most would agree.
He’s the fully rounded soldier that many want to be.

Though many seek selection - few ever make the grade.
The sandy beret signifies: a master of his trade.

He’s a military specialist – an expert with his tools.
He’s quick to speak what’s on his mind and doesn’t suffer fools.

He’s a stubborn sort of fellow who seems without a care.
His motto’s not for cowards - to win he has to dare.

You’ll find him in the jungles, the deserts and the snow.
But ask him where he’ll be next week; he’ll say he doesn’t know.

He moves freely in the daytime, but always out of sight.
He appears where least expected – a phantom in the night.

He’ll face extreme conditions with minimum supply.
His body may be soaking, but his humour’s always dry.

He pays the price for liberty – far from the warmth of home.
His family pays a price as well, through endless months alone.

In public celebrations, we never see his face.
In times of recognition, he feels quite out of place.

He says - it’s just his duty, the service that he vowed.
But Australia thanks you anyway; you’ve done this country proud.

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SAS in Borneo SAS in Vietnam
SAS Borneo (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
Print just released: SASHF
SAS Vietnam (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
Print just released: SASHF
SAS Counter TerrorismSAS in Timor
SAS Counter Terrorism (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
Print just released: SASHF
SAS Timor (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
Print just released: SASHF
SAS in Iraq SAS Military Working Dogs
SAS Iraq (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
Print just released: SASHF
SAS Military Working Dogs (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
Print just released: SASHF
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SAS Art

In His Sights (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
'In His Sights' Print recently released: SASHF

SAS Operator emerging from a red smoke grenade. There is an optical illusion with this painting - whatever angle you view this artwork you are always in the operator's sights.
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Military Artwork

Taking Shelter (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
A SAS troop endures the bitter cold of Arctic Warfare Training on the mountain leaders course in the Snowy Mountains. CLICK HERE for more...
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SAS Artwork

The Sentinel (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
SAS Counter Terrorist emerging from the green haze of a smoke grenade during counter-terrorist training. CLICK HERE for more...
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SAS Artwork

Salute (Pencil)
Original Artwork Location: Western Australian Military Museum
The rendering depict the memorial monument within Campbell Barracks, known simply as ‘The Rock’.  It honours the comradeship, discipline and courage of all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving at the SASR. CLICK HERE for more...
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Commando Art

Night Ops (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
An SAS Water Operator on night patrol.
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Commando Art

The Calm Before the Storm (Mixed Media)
Original Artwork Location: 4RAR
A tactical night beach-landing orchestrated by members of the SAS Water Operation Patrol. CLICK HERE for more...
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SASR Art

Exit (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
SASR Free Fall Soldiers conducting training from a Caribou Aircraft from 10,000ft. CLICK HERE for more...
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SAS Art

Long Walk Home (Pencil)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
A soldier undertaking the Selection Course, enduring an exhausted body, sore feet and a long walk home. Anyone who has been in the military can relate to this poor soul. CLICK HERE for more...
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SAS Art

Deployed (Pencil)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: SAS Art Collection.

We’re on deployment yet again; I hope it’s somewhere cool.
Like Bali on a tropic isle – peacekeeping by the pool.

Or Paris, Rome or Amsterdam, just think of all the sights.
Or stationed up in Canada, we’ll see the Northern Lights.

In Asia there’s the Chinese wall – that’s one I’d like to see.
The mountain range in Switzerland – now that’s the place for me.

I’m pumped up now; I just can’t wait, to see where we’re deployed.
This army gig is not all bad, with perks for those employed.

The plane has stopped, the doors are down; let’s see where we have flown.
Ah crap! Another desert hole!  I should have bloody known.

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SAS Wandering Warrior

SAS Wandering (Acrylic)
Original Artwork Location: SAS Regiment
By Dennis Kickett (Noongali) & Ian Coate

This artwork was a collaboration with myself and a reknowned Indigenous Artist Dennis Kickett (Noongali) to commemorate the SASR Golden Jubilee. The mystical warrior of the Noongar Dreaming, who according to Aboriginal legend has been the protector of this great land of Australia for over 40,00 years, acknowledges the wandering SAS soldier. The three circles at the top of the painting represent hills within the Southern Cross.
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Limited Edition Prints of the SAS artworks, can be purchased on the SAS Historical Foundation website: www.australiansas.com
100% of proceeds go to supporting SAS Charitees.
The Australian SAS
Art of the Australian SAS
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SAS Exhibition The SAS ‘Out of the Shadows’ exhibition at the WA Museum was a great success, with an estimated 24 thousand people touring the collection.  
For those who were unable to attend this exhibition, PRESS HERE for a quick virtual tour of what you missed. 
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Acknowledgements

I would like to recognize the many people who have contributed to the creation of these artworks. The production of which is a collaboration of many minds and various talents - I am simply the monkey at the end of the brush.

The SAS Series: Thanks to the SAS Regiment, SAS Historical Foundation and the SAS Association. Thanks Andy Brudnell for planting the seed, Kerry & Kay Danes for the starting chance. A special mention to Greg Mawkes, Brett Warner, Adrian Blacker, Bart Mavrick, Gary Kingston, Hugh Donald, Brian & Annette Kent, Morgan Bell, Jamie Dinne, Marty & Bob from the Sgt's Mess and to the many soldiers who modeled.

 

Painting in Progress Painting a Military Artwork
Behind the scenes look at the process.

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