First Appointed War Artist Sculpture for Auction

A sculpture from the first artist to be appointed officially for the Second World War is going to auction completely unreserved with all bids starting at just $1.

Lyndon Dadswell was one of Australia’s most influential and important war sculptors, being the first sculptor to be appointed as an official war artist of the Second World War.

“On offer we have a significant and history rich piece that came from one of the most influential artists from the Second World War,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

The Wildflower State sculpture is an important part of Perth’s heritage and was returned to NSW, the state of its creation.

According to Lyndon Dadswell the sculpture depicts trading, savings and development wedded to the Flora and Fauna of West Australia.

“This is an iconic piece and is the only surviving public art by Lyndon Dadswell from Perth’s Heritage,” continued Mr. Hames.

The sculpture is currently on loan to Macquarie University in Sydney and is ready to find a home with a new custodian.

Knight Frank reported in their 2021 Wealth report that art is the 2nd most popular passion investments following classic cars and over the last 10 years the average investment has grown by 89%.

“We have received interest from all over the country including state libraries and museums who are considering purchasing the sculpture with the aim to preserve important Australian history,” said Mr, Hames.

The sculpture goes under the hammer on 31st August at 7:00pm.

You can view the sculpture here or visit

Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

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Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.