Ian Marr

In Flanders Fields: paintings on copper for the centenary of the Great War

6 November - 1 December 2018

Marking 100 years since the end of World War I, IAN MARR presents ‘In Flanders Fields’, paintings on copper from his time along the Western Front. In 2017 MARR travelled alongside twelve other Australian artists to the battlefields of Belgium and France to explore the Australian history and memories of the Great War, now steeped into the soils of the landscape.

Working near Flers, Peronne and Hamel on the Somme; Hill 60 near Ypres; close to Passchendaele and the Tyne Cot Cemetery; MARR immersed himself in the landscape, drawing on copper plates to develop into the paintings of the fields, cemeteries and villages that surround these sites. Of his time there MARR writes, “A century on, the Western Front battlefields exert a profound effect on visitors. The agricultural landscape is a prairie of corn, potatoes and canola, with few people and great machines trundling around, yet the stories and familial connections to the appalling events of the First World War are strong and sites evocative.”

Referencing the rich visual and lyrical history of War remembrance, the title of the exhibition, ‘In Flanders Fields’, is drawn John McCrae’s poem significant for the Ypres Salient and also the site from which the custom of remembering the War with red poppies was derived.

Reading writers in the past to understand the Great War for the present, MARR reached from Modern History with poems including “Dulce et Decorum Est” by English poet Wilfred Owen who drew inspiration from Roman poet Horace, and to Ancient History with a translation of Greek lyric poet Simonides of Ceos. MARR also cut letters into stone quoting these texts, which are currently exhibiting in Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front at the ANZAC Memorial, Sydney.

Imbued with history and memory of place, MARR’S paintings on copper ‘In Flander’s Fields’ create a space of reflection and remembrance of a place where past and present are blurred – forever marked by the devastation of the Great War.



Ian Marr Passchendaele from polygon wood 2017
Ian Marr
Passchendaele from Polygon Wood
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Marr 2018 Tree at Hamel
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Tree at Hamel
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Ian Marr At Flers 2017
Ian Marr
At Flers
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Marr 2018 South-west from Beaumont - Hamel
Ian Marr
South-west from Beaumont - Hamel
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Ian Marr Ruined towers at Corbie 2017
Ian Marr
Ruined towers at Corbie
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Ian Marr At hamel 2017
Ian Marr
At Hamel
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Ian Marr Spring fields at Bullecourt 2017
Ian Marr
Spring fields at Bullecourt
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Battlefields at Beaumont, the Somme
Ian Marr
Battlefields at Beaumont, the Somme
oil on copper
12.5 x 90 cm
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Ian Marr
Peronne
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Marr 2017 Passchendaele
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Passchendaele
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Bullecourt 2017
Ian Marr
Bullecourt
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Marr 2017 From Tyne Cot
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From Tyne Cot
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Village Spire at Hamel 2017
Ian Marr
Village spire at Hamel
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Polygon Wood 2017
Ian Marr
Polygon Wood
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr The River Somme near Corbie 2017
Ian Marr
The River Somme near Corbie
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Fromelles Processional 2017
Ian Marr
Fromelles, Processional
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Goose Alley, near Flers 2017
Ian Marr
Goose Alley, near Flers
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial 2017
Ian Marr
Trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial
oil on copper
12.5 x 60 cm
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Ian Marr
Ploegstreet Wood (scene of the Christmas Truce soccer match, 1914)
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Nieuwkerke and Kemmelberg 2017
Ian Marr
Nieuwkerke and Kemmelberg
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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Ian Marr Near Delville Wood 2017
Ian Marr
Near Delville Wood
oil on copper
10 x 70 cm
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