8R5A7285George Petrou is a well known graphic designer who has turned his artistic talents increasingly to painting in recent years.

His painting has evolved from a strong contemporary abstract style to restrained portrait painting with a splash of abstraction to free up the subject from total reality.

George has developed a special interest in Word War 1 history and has directed his passion to bringing photographs from the time to life on canvas.

In 2012 he visited the Australian War Memorial in Canberra where he was overwhelmed by the ‘Remember Me – The Lost Diggers of Vignacourt’ photographic collection. This exhibition struck such a chord with George that he has used these images as a base to interpret the soldier’s facial expressions and gestures to tell their story on canvas.

Get a taste for George’s most recent exhibitions below: