Artist paints tribute to Port Lincoln War Memorial

A man who is travelling around South Australia to create painted tributes to those who fought for Australia has created more works during a stay in Port Lincoln.

Tea Tree Gully artist John Beevor has been travelling across the state to create paintings on the spot of every war memorial for those who fought in World War I and other conflicts.

His oil on canvas paintings depict memorials and includes images from the World War I, such as horse drawn vehicles, soldiers reading letters and artillery lined up.

Mr Beevor said he had left home on Monday and arrived in Port Lincoln on Tuesday nigh, spending all day Wednesday to locate the sites he wanted to paint.

He said he started his project in 2009 and had finished about 1000 paintings, including at every community between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln, including Cleve, Tumby Bay, Rudall and Butler.

"I thought it needed to be done to bring attention that there are so many war memorials in South Australia and are being looked after with the greatest of care by local people and this is an tribute to the local people looking after the memorials," he said.

"It's also a centenary project to remember all those who died and served for Australia."

Mr Beevor completed three paintings of the war memorial on Thursday and plans to do at least 10 during moving on at the weekend, involving the Port Lincoln RSL and the RSL Garden of Remembrance at Happy Valley.

He said after departing Port Lincoln he planned to visit every memorial between Port Lincoln and Ceduna.

Once finished Mr Beevor plans to showcase his work in exhibitions and art books.

Mr Beevor said he had already done most of the memorials in Adelaide and areas including the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula but still had plenty of areas in the state to visit.

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