John Reynolds, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand in 2009.
H700 x W1000 mm
oil stick on acrylic on paper
The use of simple words and strongly contrasting colours this painting, the only one in the VAANA (Visual Artists Against Nuclear Arms) group that specifically employs only text, makes us question war and its implications. The title, drawn from Edwin Starr’s single “War”, released in 1970 as anti-Vietnam War protest song, is as relevant now as it ever was. The title asks us to consider what is war good for? – the answer is of course “absolutely nothing”. This is the original artwork from which is derived a panel in the “Peace Wall” on Auckland’s Ponsonby Rd. Though situated in that city, its message is universal and should be considered a part of New Zealand’s cultural conversation. This work and six other originals that are also part of the Peace Wall are being distributed around the country into the collections of new Zealand’s public art galleries.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased 2009.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
05 Nov 2009


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