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An image of Enola Gay by Ian Howard

Ian Howard

(Australia 28 Aug 1947 – )

Enola Gay
Media category
Materials used
black wax crayon rubbing on three sheets of paper, two black and white photographs

wax rubbing 274.0 x 361.0 cm (irreg.) overall; photographs 99.0 x 116.7 cm each sheet:

99 x 116.7 cm

99 x 116.7 cm

Gift of the NSW Government Art Scholarship Committee 1977
Accession number
© Ian Howard
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 (3)

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

Rod James, Nuclear (r)age: the bomb in Australian art, 'Nuclear (R)Age: the bomb in Australian art', pg. 4-16, Clayton, Jun 1993, 6, 13 (illus.), 29. 29

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