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An image of Enola Gay by Ian Howard

Ian Howard

(Australia 28 Aug 1947 – )

Title
Enola Gay
Year
1975
Media category
Rubbing
Materials used
black wax crayon rubbing on paper
Dimensions

274.0 x 361.0 cm overall (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of the NSW Government Art Scholarship Committee 1977
Accession number
229.1977.a-e
Copyright
© Ian Howard
Location
Not on display
Further information

Ian Howard studied art at a time when the only challenge to the dominance of figurative painting was the formalist doctrines of abstraction. When he graduated in 1968 these concerns seemed trivial with Australia’s unfolding involvement
in the Vietnam War. In response, Howard began making life-sized impressions of military hardware by taping large rolls of paper directly over these machines and making crayon rubbings of the structures beneath.

The 'Enola Gay' was the B-29 Super Fortress US bomber that dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Howard presents an ominous ‘shadow’ of the machine that carried the most destructive bomb
in world history.

Bibliography (2)

Jenepher Duncan (Editor), Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies selection, Unknown, 1991. cat. no. 64

Michael Wardell, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Ideas and actions', pg.60-107, Sydney, 2006, 76, 77 (illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

Off the Wall / In the Air: A seventies' selection, Monash University Gallery, Clayton, 28 Jun 1991–10 Aug 1991

The Bomb, Monash University Gallery, Clayton, 13 Jul 1993–21 Aug 1993

(Ian Howard June 1977), Watters Gallery, East Sydney