John Drawbridge’s Wellington studio overlooked the Pacific Ocean, which he frequently explored in his paintings and prints. In 1963, British, American and Soviet governments agreed to ban atmospheric tests. Despite this, in 1966 the French government began atmosphericnuclear testing on the French Polynesian atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa, sparking massive international protests. While not typically a political artist, Drawbridge felt compelled to respond with a series of etchings referencing the effects of radioactive fallout.
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