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 75 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.

New Osprey cover painting


 

We’re back in the UK after a very busy Easter in Poland where we’ve decided to more or less redecorate the entire house!  Despite spending most of the time out there in DIY shops choosing paint colours, I managed to fit in this painting depicting a rare Spitfire MkVII of 131 Sqn in action on 12th June 1944.

The original is now for sale in the ‘originals section’ or just click on this link;

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New Prints uploaded

I’ve just uploaded some recent paintings to the New Releases section. They’re all now available as limited edition giclee prints including, ‘Pickard’s Last Moments’, ‘Combat over Messines’, ‘Beaufighter over Paris’ and others.  Click on the image below for more details;

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Two originals sold

Just to update that the latest two originals, the Sopwith Pup and the Savoia Marchetti SM79 both sold this week.  I’m particularly happy to say that the SM79 has gone to an Italian collector as I rarely get the opportunity to paint Regia Aeronautica aircraft.