National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Thornton Gallery

Thornton Gallery

Home for Christmas and Conscientious Objection

David Woodings

Conscientious Objection suite by David Woodings (2016)

David Woodings is a full-time artist working out of Christchurch. His photo realism style has been well-crafted over nearly 40 years of art production, and his six WWI commemorative suites were his first break from three series of work detailing elements of the Christchurch earthquakes.

His exhibition After the shaking stops in 2014 saw a collection of nearly 70 works from his three ‘earthquake’ series Out of order, Winner/Loser, and Still Loves/Lives Still which drew a line under artwork commemorating the event(s).

The Somme/Silk Road suites were the first commemorative series and were based on the embroidered silk postcards crafted by women in France and Belgium during WWI and traced the changing relationship with the family of an unnamed soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916. The Somme/Silk Road was first exhibited at ArtsPost Gallery in Hamilton in early 2016 before being displayed at the National Army museum (Waiouru) from September 2016 to April 2017.

Home for Christmas and the Conscientious Objection suites (2016) are the final two WWI commemorative works by Woodings and although based on the historical ‘silk cards’ of WWI these images would not have been actual cards. 

To find out more please visit David Woodings’ website.

Exhibition now open.