Works of art from the Waller House Collection
Curated by Jean McAuslan
The story of Napier Waller’s courage, modesty and his unswerving belief in his destiny as an artist, is inspirational. Paintings, drawings and designs presented in this exhibition reveal Waller’s work before and during the First World War, and his post-war transition from prints and watercolours to monumental murals, mosaics and stained glass windows. To raise awareness of Napier Waller’s artistic legacy, The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is pleased to present this exhibition, drawing primarily on works of art from the Waller House in Ivanhoe.
In 1915, Napier Waller (1893-1972), a promising young artist, enlisted to serve in the First World War (1914-18). On the Western Front in 1917, he suffered severe injury, resulting in the loss of his right arm. With a big heart and a vigorous hand, he taught himself to write and draw again with his left hand. He returned to Australia to dedicate his life to his art.
The selection culminates with designs for his largest and most accessible commemorative commission for the Australian War Memorial.
Napier Waller: Soldier Artist is on show at the Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub from 12 March to 16 April 2021, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.
The Napier Waller: Soldier Artist Exhibition was supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.