Kilroy Was Here

Artist: Malcolm Harrison
Dimensions: 252 x 1480mm

Kilroy Was Here (series of three embroideries)

date unknown

Wool embroidered, framed panels

Each     $2000

252 x 1480mm  

‘Kilroy was here’ was a pop culture meme which was popularised during WWII as graffiti spread by American servicemen much in the same way the Australian phrase ‘foo was here’ became popular during WWI, and ‘Mr Chad’ in the UK around 1938. This phrase can also be seen in New Zealand written on an Auckland wharf, which is visible from the Waiheke passenger ferry. These works are therefore open to the interpretation of the viewer as to what Malcolm is alluding to in the heavily symbol laden compositions.