Gallipoli inspiration for art

Thousands will get up before the sun to go to a dawn service, some will spend it with family and friends, while others might go down to the Fremantle Arts Centre (FAC) to enjoy two new Gallipoli-themed art exhibitions.

Local artist Lev Vykopal has had a hand in both of the new exhibitions following a residency in Gallipoli in 2013.

Gallipoli The Beautiful City is a collection of Vykopal�s drawings, paintings and graphic work that documents what have become iconic sites in Anzac Cove�s gullies and the trenches at the Nek.

In Gallipoli: Earth & Sky, Vykopal joins with Paul Uhlmann to create a collection of works showing what the ground and the sky would have looked like to soldiers fighting on both sides during the campaign�s biggest battles.

Vykopal said the interest around Gallipoli and the Anzac legend is what led him to visit the Turkish peninsula.

�Part of my process involves collecting pigments found on location and incorporating these into my work, so you could say that my work is both about the landscape and of the landscape,� he said.

�Gallipoli has such a strong appeal to people, without them necessarily realising why.

�I hope this show will help the audience understand a little more about the place itself and how this small peninsula has had such an impact on the Anzac legend and thus, the Australian identity.�

Ric Spencer, curator of both exhibitions, said audiences would be transported back to the battles through art.

�At a time when, as a nation, we�re pausing to commemorate the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli, FAC wanted to contribute a different perspective on the place itself and the emotional and physical scars of war which endure 100 years later,� he said.

Gallipoli The Beautiful City and Gallipoli: Earth & Sky are at the Fremantle Art Centre until May 24.