Various Military Art
 
ANZAC Reflection Artwork

ANZAC Reflection (Watercolour)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection

Reflecting on one hundred years, since ANZACS first became;
There’s much that now is different, but much that stays the same.

There’s still a price for liberty, so we can choose our path.
There still are those who go to war and pay on our behalf.

There still are those who sacrifice and leave loved-ones behind.
So we can have the right to vote and speak what’s on our mind.

There still are those who face a foe and fight in foreign lands.
In hopes that we’ll be terror-free and safe from evil hands.

There still are those who take a wound and live with daily pain.
Their battle is a lifelong thing; their price for freedom’s gain.

There still are those who give their lives and break their happy home.
There still are grieving boys and girls ­– and partners all alone.

So keep in mind our wounded vets and families of the lost;
They’re still the ones who bear the bulk of freedom’s daily cost.

Remember freedom has a price – we’re in our soldiers’ debt.
Remember to remember – lest we all forget.
                                                                                                               
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War Memorial Art

Our Duties Done (oil on canvas)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
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For Freedoms sake we've been to war, on duty's principal
From present day back to the Boer, we've paid the price in full.

We've fought in countries far and near; on land, on sea and sky.
For longer than a hundred years, we've waved loved ones goodbye.

We've paid the price; our duties done.  It's time we had some leave.
Finally we can rest in peace, now freedom is achieved.

What a reunion it will be – so many mates to meet.
The finest Digger's jubilee – united and complete.

So remember all our service, honour the price we paid.
Maintain those freedoms that we’ve won, is how we'll be repaid.

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Duntroon Art

The Colours of Duntroon (oil on canvas)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: RMC Duntroon
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To take the path of leadership is not an easy thing.
It takes more than academics and skills of managing.
You need a greater character that shines both clear and bright.
A light for men to follow, through times of fear and plight.
When you can show great self-control with what you say and do,
And never stoop to gossip or say a word untrue.
When you can face and overcome the failures in your past.
In times of great adversity, be strong, stand tall, hold fast.
When you can sense the rise of fear, but not give into fear,
And handle your emotions – through pressures staying clear.
When your wisdom is advancing from gathering all the facts.
When you're prompt to hear, slow to speak and mentally relaxed.
When you can firmly stand your ground, by a right decision,
And not bow down to politics or uncontrolled ambition.
When you're content and stabilised, where ever you may be.
When you're sensitive to others, though you may disagree.
When you can lead impartial, with not a hint of spite.
Neither favouring or thwarting, but dealing fair and right.
Then you are now an officer and respect will follow soon.
For men will see your colours and the colours of Duntroon.

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Military Drawing
Timor - Build Up to Peace (Pencil)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection CLICK HERE for more...
The artwork is a collage of images representing the peacekeeping mission to Timor. The main players in this historic drama are represented: Timorese militant civilians surrounded by Australian and New Zealand soldiers, Filipino Rangers and Gurkhas. HMAS Adelaide, ANZAC, Success, Tobruck, Jervis Bay, plus ASLAVS, APCs, Blackhawk and Hercules are all being overseen by the INTERFET Commander MAJGEN Cosgrove. Point of interest - Ian completed this image (between the duties of caring for his three children) while his wife was deployed in Timor for seven months. CLICK HERE for more...
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Army Art

The Peacekeepers (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection CLICK HERE for more...
The painting is a tribute to Australian Peacekeeping - 30 deployments dating from the first, Korea in 1948 until Timor in 2000. Images include: Korea (soldier, Mustang and Vickers crew), Cambodia (Ankor Wat and skulls), Africa (search & medical), Bougainville (HQ's and civilian), Timor (statue), Australian Federal Police, military vehicles (M113, truck, motorcycle), aircraft (Bougainville Huey, Blackhawk, Mustang, Hercules), medical and naval images. Point of interest - the central female soldier is Sue Coate, the artist’s wife, who was in the first Timor deployment with 1st Joint Signals Unit. The little girl is their daughter with a sun tan.

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Military Artworks

Stand Fast (oil on board)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
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Stand fast our Aussie Diggers; we need you at the front. 
Our freedoms demand maintenance, which you must bear the brunt.

We don’t always appreciate the freedoms that you’ve won.
We soon forget in peacetime the duties that you’ve done.

But do your job in spite of us; ignore our ignorance.
Defend us in our time of need with constant vigilance.

For without you there, to bar the pass, enemies will get through. 
And on that day, we’ll wish we had, maintained support for you.

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ANZAC Art

ANZACs Then - ANZACs Still (collage)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
This collage is a combination of many of my artworks to honour the ANZACS

Our ANZACs are an honoured group – they have two Nation’s pride.
Today we have so much because: they fought, they bled, they died.

The ANZAC soul can still be found, in those who choose to serve.
Courage, humour and mateship, are values they preserve.

Our diggers all deserve respect; there’s few that have their skill.
They proved that they were ANZACs then – they prove they’re ANZACs still.

Sorry, no prints have been made of this artwork.

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Military Working Dog Art

The Soldiers' Dog (Watercolour)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: SASHF

We’ve lost another soldier – our firm and faithful friend.
So swift of feet and strong of heart - so loyal to the end.

He was a combat soldier – ideal in every way
In action he was fearless – the first into the fray.

He was my shield between our foes – my sword within a fight.
My ears within the stillness – my eyes within the night.

We bonded in our training – he had a trooper’s soul.
If not for his protection – we couldn’t do our role.

And now he has departed – he served his country true.
So don’t forget my loyal mate – who died for me and you. 

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13 Brigade

13th Brigade (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: 13 Brigade
No prints have been made of this artwork.

This illustration was made purely for recruitment purposes. 13 Brigade wanted an image that showed the diversity of occupations in the military. This illustration was then turned into a recruitment poster and other various merchandising material. CLICK HERE for more...
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Vietnam War Art

Vietnam War Tribute Coin (Mixed Media)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

I was fortunate to be asked by 'Downies' to help with the artwork to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. In the foreground is a Special Forces Soldier, also known as the Phantoms of the Jungle. CLICK HERE for more...
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Fort Queenscliff Fort Queenscliff Lighthouse

Fort Queenscliff - C&SC (Ink and Wash)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of these artworks.

These two artworks were completed as a young soldier at my first posting in the late 80's. At that time, Fort Queenscliff hosted Command and Staff College.
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Aviation Art

Robert "Bobby" Gibbes DSO DFC & Bar (Pencil)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
Highest ‘known’ resale of a Bobby Gibbes Print: Unknown

Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes was one of Australia's air aces in WWII with ten kills plus two shared, five probables and sixteen damaged as well as other strafed on the ground. He served in the Western Desert with 3 Squadron in which he became company commander. He was twice shot down. He later commanded 80 Wing RAAF in the South West Pacific. The Aircraft depicted are a P-40 Kittyhawk and a Spitfire Mk. VIII with the nose art designed by Gibbes' mother. He went on to fly many more years in New Guinea. CLICK HERE for more...
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Aviation Art

Australian Flying Corps Tribute Coin Artwork (Ink)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

This artwork was made for Downies to produce a tribute coin for the Australian Flying Corps but sadly was never released.
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RAEME Mechanic Artwork

RAEME Mechanic (Ink)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

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Military Working Dog Art

Military Working Dog Tribute (Pencil)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

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Battle of Long Tan Artwork

Battle of Long Tan (Mixed Media)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
No prints have been made of this artwork.

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Drop Bear

The Australian Drop Bear (Watercolour)

Though this artwork is not part of the military range, I thought its presence would put a smile on a few faces. I first learnt of the Drop Bear when I joined the military, and since that time have been guilty of spreading the legend to many a green face. The Drop Bear is one of the paintings that feature in Australian MythoCreatology - a project my wife and I have been working on for many years. To find out more - PRESS HERE.

Battle of Long Tan Artwork

Live Life (Collage of Mixed Artworks)
No prints have been made of this artwork.

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.

Various Series: Thanks to Brett Williams of the Military Workshop for his backing and support, 6RAR, 13 Brigade, Duntroon, and special thanks to Alan Smith, Andrew Merchant, Shane Saltmarsh, Bob Whiston, Bobby Gibbs and all the soldiers that modeled for the Various Series.

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Army MagazinePRESS HERE to read the article 'The Fine Art of War'
by Jason Logue: an Army Magazine article about Australian Military Artists.
An informative read that examines Australian artist (present and past) that have visually recorded military life in both war and peace.

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

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