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Any War

Scene of German soldiers during World War One.

My digital illustration “Any War” is based on a photograph that I took of my television screen , of the World War One movie “All Quiet on the Western Front”.I added texture and color and the flash of light that represents an explosion. This could be a scene from any war if the  the uniforms were changed.  This illustration is from a body of my work that I call “From the TV”.


World War 1

” World War 1″ Mixed media collage montage.

Recently I have been taking an inventory of the visual art I have created during the last 60 plus years.  I will be posting images of many of my drawings, paintings , illustrations and photographs. with a brief description.

Gilbert , Adele Kestler

My mother Adele Kestler is sitting and her brother Gilbert Kestler is standing for this formal portrait. She lived in St.Louis. I don’t know the name of the photographer. I wonder if the sailer suit was provided by the photographer. The only photos I have seen of my mother when she was a child were taken by professional photographers. My guess is this photo would have been taken in 1917. She was born on January 17, .1916



Gilbert and Adele Kestler

My mother Adele is standing next to her brother Gilbert in this photograph taken at by a professional photographer. My guess is this was taken around 1918 or 1919. The way the shirt fits my uncle Gilbert makes me think it was provided by the photographer. 
















A major world event 1n 1918 was the influenza pandemic.

It is estimated that the Spanish flu killed more people in 24 weeks than AIDS has killed in 24 years and more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. Hence it is referred to as “the greatest medical holocaust in history”. The pandemic which started in the final year of the First World War not only killed more people than the World War I but it killed more people than all the wars of the 20th century combined.Most influenza outbreaks disproportionately kill juvenile, elderly, or already weakened patients. However the 1918 flu predominantly killed healthy young adults. Individuals between the ages of 20-40 accounted for nearly half of the fatalities. This abnormal result is believed to have been caused due to ‘cytokine storm’ in which the immune system over responds to the threat of infection. Thus the strong immune system of young adults ravaged their bodies while the population with a weaker immune system was able to recover.
After the lethal second wave which struck in late 1918, new cases dropped abruptly. The reason for the rapid decline of the disease might be that the virus mutated extremely rapidly to a less lethal strain. Influenza viruses usually become less lethal with time as the hosts of more dangerous strains tend to die out and this might have been the case with the 1918 flu too.















World War One illustration by John Dyess

From 1998 until now I have worked in a mixed media style using photocopies, type, ink drawings and torn scraps of paper. I recently realized my work was influenced by the work of DADA artists. Dada was a literary and artistic movement which began during World War One in Europe. The artists,writers and intellectuals of this movement were against any ism, nationalism,rationalism,materialism that contributed to a senseless war.More about DADA in future posts.

Some of the photos used in this image ,created in the late 1990’s, were from a scrapbook of Henry Bausback. Mr. Bausback was a soldier in World War One serving in the German army. He was captured and became a prisoner of war. he later became and American citizen. His son,Rick Bausback  married my cousin Jan Foster. Sometime in the 1950’s Mr. Bausback gave me his scape book that contained newspaper clippings from World War One and World War Two. I looked at this scrape book many times and used it for reference in some of my illustrations. I recently returned it to Rick so he could share it with his children.

Below are details from this illustration. I have also included a photo of a great uncle,Joe Kestler, that served during World War One. Frank Buckles the last surviving U.S. World War 1 veteran died recently at 110.

World War 1 began in 1914

Until 1916

Casualties 37 million

World War Dead 8,490,086

Joe Kestler World War War.