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The Art of Sacrifice

(6 customer reviews)
Authors: George Petrou
02/Aug/2021
Art and Photography
400
Hardback
260 x 305mm
9781922387929
$69.99

Forward by General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC

Haunting and poignant, this collection of portraits from renowned Melbourne artist, George Petrou portrays a spirit like no other — the Anzac spirit.

Australians from all walks of life have served our great nation with gallantry and sacrifice — ordinary people who displayed mateship, resilience and devotion to duty. The Art of Sacrifice captures the spirit of service in a fitting tribute to all Anzacs of every generation.

Using images of the past and the stories of today, the artist travels Australia and overseas to connect the past and the present in a unique, powerful and evocative collection of outstanding portraits. The Art of Sacrifice is a stunning contribution to the understanding and commemoration of all those who have served our great country.

George Petrou

George Petrou

Artist George Petrou is a successful graphic designer and acclaimed portrait artist. The subjects of his portraits are Australian men and women who have served our country with honour and sacrifice. George was awarded an OAM in June 2020 for ‘Services to the Visual Arts and to Veterans’. He is also a patron for TPI […]

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6 reviews for The Art of Sacrifice

  1. ow George – in conjunction with Big Sky Publishing – has captured this work in a single, large format volume of over 400 pages, lavishly illustrated. Recently I met up with George in Oakleigh’s Greek precinct to see and talk about this new book.

    The book tells George’s personal story – of his commitment to honouring the service of many of Australia’s service personnel, of how this commitment helped him personally through the challenges of chemotherapy and how his work has touched thousands across Australia. Many descendants of the veterans concerned – as well as some veterans themselves – were consulted by George as he created his paintings and in the writing of the stories.
    As George says the sacrifices made by the men and women covered by his work – stories of hardship, endurance and change – had a huge impact on him and are an inspiration to us all as we deal with the challenges of life. It is this realisation that compelled George to create these paintings and this book.

    https://neoskosmos.com/en/198238/the-art-of-sacrifice-a-new-book-celebrates-george-petrous-commemorative-art/

  2. The over 70 portraits and stories are contained across four chapters, the central ones being those concerned with the First World War’s Lost Diggers of Vignacourt and Australian Victoria Cross recipients across many of the conflicts Australia has been engaged in (from the Boer War to Vietnam and beyond). Other chapters cover his portraits of other great Australians (such as Charles Kingsford Smith, Nancy Wake and Banjo Paterson)

    A feature of the book is the reaction of most of his commemorative paintings, along with the original photographs of the individuals concerned, accompanied by their story and how their story and the painting has touched Australians today

    The book tells George’s personal story – of his commitment to honouring the service of many of Australia’s service personnel, of how this commitment helped him personally through the challenges of chemotherapy and how his work has touched thousands across Australia. Many descendants of the veterans concerned – as well as some veterans themselves – were consulted by George as he created his paintings and in the writing of the stories.
    As George says the sacrifices made by the men and women covered by his work – stories of hardship, endurance and change – had a huge impact on him and are an inspiration to us all as we deal with the challenges of life. It is this realisation that compelled George to create these paintings and this book.

    https://neoskosmos.com/en/198238/the-art-of-sacrifice-a-new-book-celebrates-george-petrous-commemorative-art/

  3. I heartily recommend George’s new book. Not only is it beautifully presented – as one would expect from George – but it is a unique publication. Anyone interested in the service of Australia’s veterans, in commemorative art and the art and charitable work of this great Greek-Australian should get themselves a copy of this impressive volume. You may not be able to obtain one of George’s commemorative creations but you can get a copy of his book. The perfect gift or display for your corporate office. And you will be contributing to assisting Australia’s veterans as well.
    It is no surprise that Cypriot-born George was awarded the OAM in June 2020 for “Services to the Visual Arts and to Veterans.” Recognition well deserved.

  4. The book is basically my art. It’s storytelling. We have a total of 63 different authors in the book, me being one of them. Some of the authors are relatives of the subjects of my portraits. They are sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great nephews and great nieces, who talk about their relation to the subject of my portrait,” Petrou explains.

    “They’ve also been photographed in black and white, and the background becomes a part of the story. For example, one of the men I painted was born in Williamstown, Melbourne, so we actually photographed his granddaughter in that environment.

    “They’ve come across pretty well and [the book] really tells wonderful stories of great Australians who have sacrificed so much so we can enjoy the liberties and freedoms that we cherish tod

    https://greekherald.com.au/culture/books/art-sacrifice-george-petrous-new-book-captures-essence-anzac-spirit/

  5. This outstanding work is a compilation of interesting and engaging stories of Australians impacted by warfare from the time of our first European settlement. It provides well researched accounts of a diverse range of individual lives brought into focus through the artists skill and considerable talent through his fine and thoughtfully depicted portraits. These are reinforced with summaries of each individual’s lives and experiences provided by a variety of authors – some of whom personally knew the individual depicted.
    This work shows how ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances and helps you appreciate the scale and extent of the human cost of conflict and war on our nation — So many lives snuffed out, ruined or seriously impacted!
    “Lest We Forget”.

  6. A wonderful book of the most interesting stories of war hero’s. The artwork is simply stunning and the artist’s modern take from war time photography is simply beautiful. I have purchased five of these books to give as gifts and also share the stories with my children.

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