Thursday, October 22, 2009
TA soldier turns war artist to report on Afghanistan
Territorial Army soldier and illustrator Matthew Cook has been continuing the long tradition of artists recording events on the battlefield. In collaboration with the MOD Art Collection Team, his work from Afghanistan and Iraq has been displayed at the MOD's Main Building, London, this week.
Matthew joined the TA in 1991 shortly before the first Gulf War and served in Iraq with 7th Battalion The Rifles. His insider knowledge of the Armed Forces is something which he believes has had an influence on his work - allowing him to record equipment and uniforms with an accuracy that others may miss.