Art: The Alternative Tradition

Boy by Noel Counihan

Boy by Noel Counihan
© 2001 Patricia Counihan
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In his vehement drawing Boy, Noel Counihan depicts Australian conscripts in the Vietnam war as indistinguishably oppressors and victims. The potent body and aggressively phallic head contrast with a boyish face encased in what the artist recognised as the "universal helmet" symptomatic of globalisation's repression of dissent. --