Light Horse & Engineer Art

Ian Coate Australian Military ArtistThe Light Horse and Royal Australian Engineer series were completed a few years back now.  I enjoyed working on these series because of my connection with both these military corps.  My grandfather and grand-uncles were light horsemen belonging to the 10th and 25th. My connection to the Royal Australian Engineers is I was a sapper. I was originally a sapper in RASVY until it became amalgamated into RAE in the mid 1990’s.  I am very proud of my connection to both corps.

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Light Horse Art

Spirit of the Light Horseman (Mixed Media)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection
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Australia has a legend that through her sons lives on.
Born from amidst the colonies; a horseman thereupon.

He derives from hardy stockmen; a yeoman cavalier.
He’s been tested under fire; a man with little fear.

To most countries he has traveled; through many wars he’s been.
He’s by far the strangest soldier the world has ever seen.

He’s a rider; he’s a fighter; a rogue; a gentleman.
He’s the devil with mobility; a fearless guardian.

With loyalty beyond reproach that one should never spurn.
This man’s respect is not a thing that you may easily earn.

He’s always unpredictable and lives the life of whim.
He doesn’t take it seriously; it’s all a game to him.

He’s a reckless man, a braggart, but in truth he’s earned his due.
There is little that he says that he can’t ever do.

While time has changed the horsemen’s job to a different art.
And years have passed since last they charged; he’s still the same at heart.

Even though his steed has altered, he knows when things get grim.
The spirit of the Light Horseman will always ride with him.

To purchase 'Spirit of the Light Horse' Limited Edition Print, press here for details.

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Light Horse Artwork by Ian Coate

Charge (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection CLICK HERE for more...
This painting depicts the Turkish view of the Australian Light Horsemen charging at Beersheba with bayonets drawn. The Light Horse Association in Queensland used the ‘Charge’ image on the medallion to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of that last great cavalry charge in world history.

To purchase 'Charge' Limited Edition Print, press here for details.

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Light Horseman Art

Memorial to the Light Horse (Pencil & Wash)
Original Artwork Location: 2nd/14th Light Horse Museum CLICK HERE for more...
Today's Light Horsemen salute and remember the sacrifice of yesterday's Light Horsemen.

To purchase 'Memorial to the Light Horse' print, press here for details.

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Australian Light Horse Art by Ian Coate

Sunset Story of a Light Horseman (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collections
Today's Light Horsemen salute and remember the sacrifice of yesterday's Light Horsemen.

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My Shout Lighthorse artwork by Ian Coate

My Shout (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: Spinifex Brewery
This artwork was created to promote Spinifex Brewing Company's Lighthorse Lager .

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Meal with a mate Lighthorse artwork by Ian Coate

Meal with a Mate (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: Spinifex Brewery
This artwork was created to promote Spinifex Brewing Company's Lighthorse Lager .

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Soldier Logistics Horse Cartl at Sunrise by Ian Coate
Supplying the Troops (Mixed Media)
Original Artwork Location: Private Collection

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Royal Australian Engineer Art

Australian Military Art

100 Years of Engineering (Oil on Canvas)
Artwork and Poem by Ian Coate
Original Artwork Location: 13 Field Engineers / 13th Bde

In times of great adversity, when backed against a wall.
When soldier’s lives are on the line, there’s someone you should call.

When obstacles become too great, do not give in to fear.
Get on your two-way radio and call an Engineer.

They find a way to overcome all problems in their way.
Their skills of ingenuity will always save the day.

They’re soldiers with ability to think outside the square.
They’ll do the jobs that have the risks, which others wouldn’t dare.

They have a mind for making things that sets them from the rest.
And when it comes to breaking things, they’ve proved they are the best.

In battles past they’ve shown their worth - they’re cunning as a fox.
The way they overcome their tasks is quite unorthodox.

Their soldier skills are dinky-di - as good as any grunt.
When battle starts, they know their place – they’re always at the front.

So if you need a helping hand, there’s one you should implore.
The soldier from that canny place – the Engineer Corps. 

And if you need a real good mate to join you for a beer.
You know the man to call upon - that’s right, the Engineer.

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Engineer Art

Boring (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: 13 Field Engineers / 13th Bde
No prints have been made of this artwork.

Shows the diversity of equipment at the Engineers' disposal. CLICK HERE for more...
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Australian Military Art

Minefield (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: 13 Field Engineers / 13th Bde
No prints have been made of this artwork.

Engineer uncovering a live mine. CLICK HERE for more...
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Engineer Art - Waterloo Bridge

Watson's Pier (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: 13 Field Engineers / 13th Bde
No prints have been made of this artwork.

Celebrating the first construction at Gallipoli and the first Waterloo Dinner. CLICK HERE for more...
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Military Art

Where Angels Fear to Tread (Oil on Canvas)
Original Artwork Location: 13 Field Engineers / 13th Bde
No prints have been made of this artwork.

Mine detecting in a chemically dangerous environment. CLICK HERE for more..
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Engineer Corps Artwork

Sun, Surf & Soldiers (Watercolour)
Original Artwork Location: 13 Field Engineers / 13th Bde
No prints have been made of this artwork.

Soldiers enjoying watermanship training. CLICK HERE for more..
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Don't Mess with the Sapper (Ink and Watercolour)
This t-shirt illustration of a Sapper breaching a compond wall was created for the British Engineers.

 
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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 Light Horse Series: Thanks to 2nd/14th Light Horse & QMI Light Horse Historical Troop. A special mention to Lindsay & Mary Holmes, Chris Burns, Robert Thomas and Brett Williams from the Military Workshop.

The Engineers Series: Thanks to 13 Fd Sqn. A special mention to Mick Ryan, Paul Reimers, Eric Fleming, Brendan Sullivan, Eric Turner, Ashley Keatch, Dick Phillpot, Rick Gibbs, Julian Boland, Steve McGrattan, Jamie Villamagna, Jason Miller and the soldiers who modeled.

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

This page takes a look behind the curtain in the process of producing a military artwork from conception to the finished artwork. PRESS HERE

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Various Military Art by Ian CoateAustralian SAS Artworks by Ian Coate Light Horse art by Ian Coate
 
Military Working Dog art by Ian CoateAustralian Military Poems by Ian Coate Portraits of Ian Coate
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Military Memorials Artist Ian Coate
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