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The crew of 460 Squadron Lancaster ED664 AR-A2 prepare to release the brakes and head for Berlin, autumn 1943.
“Every October I try to leave a space in my schedule to paint an autumn scene as the low light and autumnal colours provide such inspiration for any artist. These scenes invariably end up as Bomber Command subjects as the bleak dispersals scattered around the English countryside fit the melancholy atmosphere perfectly”
“Many Bomber Command veterans told me that their nerves and fears faded a little once they were inside the aircraft and doing their jobs; so it’s this moment I’ve tried to capture in this painting as the brakes are released and seven young men leave the comforting safety of the English landscape to head off into the night, where death was waiting for so many of them. One of those veterans, Flight Engineer Ted Groom, flew much of his first tour in ED664 so this is my own small tribute to my old friend Ted and his crew.”
The original painting, acrylic on extra-fine grain French linen is now available for purchase. Size is 44″ x 20″ (112cm x 50cm). Frame is for illustrative purposes only, original paintings are usually delivered unframed but stretched in the UK and rolled in a tube for overseas purchasers. Framing can be arranged on request, please contact the artist for more details.
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To see the painting being created, watch this short seven minute timelapse video.
44″ x 20″ 112cm x 51cm