2014 Exhibition – A big final Sunday!

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We’re making arrangements to go out in style for the last Sunday (5th October) of our exhibition up in the Sally Mitchell Gallery.  So far we have five RAF veterans confirmed to attend with hopefully more names to follow.  Click here for more details.   I’m flying over with my son Szymek on the morning from Poland so should be at the gallery by 1.30pm.  The Gallery will open from 11am -5pm so if you haven’t already seen the show, why not pop down on the last Sunday and join us.  As it’s the last day, all remaining original prices will be negotiable so there could be bargains to be had!  Just come and negotiate with me to secure an early Christmas present!

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New Original

Just three days to go before the opening Sunday of our exhibition.  I’ll be uploading to the website in the next few days all 30 of my originals that will be on display in the show.  Here is a brand new one depicting a DH9 in combat with a Fokker DVII.  Click on the picture for more details;

 

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Flt Lt Don Cheney DFC. RIP

It was with great sadness that I heard yesterday that Don Cheney, the pilot of ‘Dark Victor’ had passed away at his home in Canada last Tuesday at the age of 92.  He had been too ill to attend the commemorative events in Douarnenez but he had approved the painting and had sent his best wishes to all concerned via his daughter Jan.

I always find it fascinating to read what these brave young men did after the war.  Most went on to live varied and adventurous lives and Don was no exception.  There is a lovely obituary here on the following link, I hope you have time to read it.

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2014 Exhibition!


We’re just about to start the promotion of an exciting new Aviation Art exhibition that we’re organising in September. The basic details are that Keith Woodcock FGAvA and I will be having an exhibition of our work at the Sally Mitchell Fine Art Gallery in Tuxford, Notts from Sunday 14th Septebmer to Sunday 5th October. In addition we have invited four of our favourite artist friends to exhibit alongside us, namely Nick Trudgian, Peter Sumpter GAvA, John Ketchell and Piotr Forkasiewicz. All four of them are supremely talented and their work will add so much to what will hopefully be a memorable show. On the opening Sunday the artists and WWII veterans will be in attendance and I will be launching my new print ‘The Augsburg Raid’ which you can see a section of on the poster here.

I’ll post more details in the next few days, in the meantime, click on the poster (right) to go to the exhibition page,


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New Limited Edition Print – The Last Flight of Dark Victor

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On 5th August 1944, Canadian pilot Flt Lt Don Cheney DFC of 617 (Dambuster) Squadron was struggling to escape from a burning Lancaster ‘Dark Victor’ over the Bay of Douarnenez during a raid on the U-boat pens at Brest in France. He and four of his crew survived and the people of Douarnenez kept him safe from the Germans until they left the area some weeks later. Now 70 years later with Don in failing health, his daughter and family of the other crew members are returning to Douarnenez to present my specially commissioned painting to the town in recognition of their help on this day.
I worked closely with Don to create an exact representation of what happened on this day. (Don eventually had to squeeze himself out of the cockpit escape hatch as you can see in the painting.) He wrote such a moving account of what happened that I decided to include it all on this limited edition print as an extra side panel. This section can be left alongside the image or trimmed and mounted on the back if the print is framed.

For more information, click on the picture.

New Limited Edition Print – First Jump


 

Just back from a two week holiday on the south coast of an unusually hot England! I’ve now got time to upload some of the new work that was completed before our holiday. The first is here, ‘First Jump’ an unusual format print depicting the first jump made by anyone who went through the British Army Parachute Training Course.

The original was commissioned by one of the thousands of men and women who went through this type of training post-war and is a tribute to all of them who were brave enough to jump from there!
Click on the image for more details of the scene depicted and how to order a print.


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Morning Glory A/Ps Sold Out

Yesterday we sold the last remaining Artist’s Proof of Morning Glory so it’s just the standard edition and remarques available now.  Also sold yesterday was the original of the 479th Fighter Group cover painting.

I’m out in Poland now for 10 days finishing off the design work for our new book Luftwaffe Crash Archive Volume 5 and hopefully completing a new piece of WWI cover art for Osprey.  As the temperature hit 32C here today and paint dries instantly in that heat,  I might leave the painting until the thunderstorms arrive!

Spitfire Dawn prints arrived

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The Spitfire Dawn prints were delivered today and I’m happy to say that the repro is very good, dark enough to keep the atmosphere without losing the detail in the shadow areas.
Just need to sign them tonight before sending the first orders out tomorrow. I asked Szymek to take this quick photo… 2 hours in Photoshop later I’m still trying to hide the complete mess that is my desk in the background, the wife will not be impressed…

NEW BATTLE OF BRITAIN SPITFIRE PRINT

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As this is going to be my last year in the UK for a while I was determined to enter something for this year’s Guild of Aviation Artist’s exhibition in July.  Unfortunately, all of my recent originals have sold so I decided to paint a new scene that has been in my head for quite a while now, depicting Spitfires deploying to a forward airfield at dawn during the Battle of Britain.  Many of the Battle of Britain pilots I have spoken to over the years remembered the incredibly long and tiring days of that summer, being woken before dawn and frequently not standing down until the late evening.  The original painting should appear in the GAvA Annual Exhibition in July down in the Mall Galleries in London.  In the meantime, prints will be ready on Thursday of this week for despatch so you can pre-order one now if you like it, just click on the image above.