Born in Maryborough, Victoria in 1974, Cory embarked on an artistic career after high school, completing a year of a Certificate of Art and Design at the then-known Loddon Campaspe Institute of TAFE in Bendigo. He was accepted to a Bachelor of Graphic Design and Applied Photography at Latrobe University, completing his degree at Deakin University in Victoria.
Cory fulfilled another childhood dream when he joined the Army Reserves in 1996 and Australian Army in 1999. His almost 20 year military career saw him deployed to Butterworth, Malaysia, twice to East Timor, and to Basra, Iraq on exchange with the British Army. Specialising in many roles as an Infantry Soldier, his highlights include commanding troops on Operations, being a Patrol Commander in The Royal Australian Regiment’s Reconnaissance Platoon 3rd Battalion and the famous Airborne Parachute Battalion.
After being diagnosed with Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2013 and medically discharged in 2015, Cory has used painting as his main form of rehabilitation. Alongside his work as an artist he has been a member of the Cronulla RSL Sub-Branch since 2007, becoming one of the youngest RSL NSW Sub-Branch Presidents in 2016.
Cory’s lifelong passion for the arts is reflected in his romantic impressionist style. Over the last decade he has produced an impressive portfolio of fine oil paintings depicting unique scenes and architecture from across the world. As an emerging war artist, he takes inspiration from his own military experience and the rich legacy of Australian war artists including George Lambert, Will Longstaff, Arthur Streeton and Ivor Hele.
ABOUT THE VETERAN ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Art and the military have a history that is intertwined. The use of art to depict and record Australia’s involvement in war and its impact has resulted in a vast collection of trench art, paintings, music and poetry. Art has also been an important tool in the rehabilitation and recovery of veterans that have been affected through their military career, in particular, during active service.
The Artist in Residence Program provides a unique opportunity for artists with an Australian Defence Force (ADF) background to engage with visitors and develop creative works that interprets the Anzac Memorial's core values of Courage, Endurance, and Sacrifice. By working within the Memorial itself, artists will be able to take inspiration from its architecture, collection and history, continuing the building’s original intent to be an active space for veterans and an important place of reflection and commemoration.
For more information about the Program, please contact the Memorial’s Visitor Services Coordinator, James Grey, on (02) 8262 2907.