Zenon Andrusyszyn - Documenting the Carvings Left by World War One Soldiers

Over the last several years CANADIGM has been documenting drawings and carvings created just prior to the battle for Vimy Ridge by Canadian WW1 soldiers. These images are located in an underground medieval quarry, 11 meters below the surface in a farmer’s field.

A selection of these carvings is featured in a national exhibition titled “Souterrain Impressions” which has been hosted in several cities across Canada. Parts of the exhibit have been in London, England at “Canada House” and in The Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. The exhibit was part of the inaugural opening of the new Education Center at the Vimy Ridge Memorial site in France throughout 2017.

The presentation will address the work completed with a brief overview of the linkages made with soldiers’ families. A general presentation of techniques and equipment used to document these WW1 Images will also be presented.


Zenon Andrusyszyn, originally from Montreal, is a visual artist, photographer, and former art educator living in London, Ontario. Zenon completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University (formerly Sir George Williams University) in Montreal. He also received his Diploma in Education from McGill after which he worked as an artist and art educator for more than 30 years.

His paintings and drawings have been shown in numerous exhibits and his commissioned pieces are in several private collections. A pen and ink drawing commissioned by the 3 RCHA featuring the 155 self-propelled Howitzer hangs in the officers’ mess at the military base in Shilo, Manitoba.

Zenon is an Associate Member of the Royal Canadian Legion and is listed as a Canadian artist with the Virtual Museum of Canada. His long-standing interest in the World Wars is fueled by his parents’ accounts of their experiences surviving WWII. He has a passion for art, education, and history.

Currently, he is evolving a project to preserve the images created by Canadian soldiers in the tunnels and Souterrain near Vimy Ridge. This led him to establish a not for profit organization called "The Canadian Historical Documentation and Imaging Group", otherwise known as CANADIGM for which he was decorated by the Governor General with the Meritorious Service Medal in 2018.