Ban The Neutron Bomb. Ralph Sawyer, Aust.
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Ban The Neutron Bomb

1979. Colour screenprint, 84 x 57.6cm. Repaired tears, worn creases, crazing. Linen-backed.

Text continues “As a contribution to the United Nations Year of the Child 1979, the Union of Australian Women demand a complete ban on the production of the neutron bomb.” Held in AWM; Powerhouse Museum.

Son of a Gallipoli veteran and peace activist, Matraville-born Ralph (Bunk) Sawyer was an artist, barber, wharfie, musician, art teacher, and communist. After serving in WWII, he became a barber in his brother’s business, and also worked as a musician, mixing with left-wing intellectuals and activists. Sawyer eventually became a Waterside Workers Federation union delegate, a position he held for 32 years. He was also a founding member of the Socialist Party of Australia. An international prize winner for his peace posters, Sawyer’s prolific art work also covered socialism, workers’ rights, and Aboriginal land rights. Later in life he taught art, including screen-printing at Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe. Ref: Powerhouse Museum.

Item #CL182-158

Price (AUD): $1,250.00  other currencies

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