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Reflections of the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt – Ballarat

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Reflections of the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt – Ballarat

The second private viewing of ‘Reflections of the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt’ presented by Crowe Horwath and Findex, and once again was attended by 100 guest, the presentation was held at The George Hotel in Ballarat.

John Ives from Financial Index was the night’s master of ceremonies and said it was an exciting opportunity for locals to view this unique exhibition.

Speakers on the night included local Anzac author Gary Snowden and Lambis Englezos AM, well known for his work on the subject of the Battle of Fromelles.

George Petrou also spoke about his paintings, which were based on the trove of photographs of Australian soldiers taken during WWI in Vignacourt by local photographer of the day Louis Thuillier.

The White Cloud and Heart Foundation Event

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The White Cloud and Heart Foundation Event

George recently donated his portrait of Ben Roberts-Smith to the White Cloud and Heart Foundation inaugural Cross Your Heart charity event held in Canberra on December 1st 2012.

The event raised over $100,000 in the presence of the Governor General Quentin Bryce, The Prime Minister Julia Gillard together with Victoria Cross recipients Keith Payne VC OAM, Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG and Daniel Keighran VC and Australia’s only living George Cross recipient Michael Pratt GC.

The Hidden Faces of the Archibalds

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The Hidden Faces of the Archibalds

Some of you may be unaware that this year I entered the Archibald Portrait Prize with a portrait of Lambis Englezos who was largely responsible for the recovery of Australian soldiers buried at Fromelles on the Western Front. If you don’t know him, google him. He’s a very interesting man.

The portrait wasn’t shortlisted but was later entered in the Victorian version of the Archibalds called “The Hidden Faces of the Archibalds”, which is now showing at the Hilton Hotel South Wharf. My portrait is part of that exhibition.

Winner of the “People’s Choice Award”

Group Exhibition (Finalist)
The Hidden Faces of the Archibalds
Hilton Hotel South Wharf
18th June – 16th August 2012