"ARTIST STEVE HARPER PAYS TRIBUTE TO HEROES OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
THE VALUED WORK OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE MUSEUM COSFORD"
Noted Artist Steve Harper has Just completed his latest work of art paying tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain. The painting titled "Honouring the Few" was unveiled on Sunday 27th June 2010 paying tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain.
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The painting which formed part of an Exhibition of Steve's works of art, was displaed for the public to enjoy at the Prestigious RAF Museum.
It's perhaps fitting that the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain should have a Midland Artist paying tribute to, as Sir Winston Churchill put it " The Few, who gave so much for so many" as many of the Spitfires produced came from the Castle Bromwich works in the West Midlands. The Painting Depicts the RAF Museum's own Spitfire and Hurricane followed by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber, flying over the RAF Museums visitor Centre where the exhibition of Steve's Art work were placed on display.
Steve says " It's a great honour to be able to pay tribute to all those who stood for freedom in our countries darkest hour, so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted now."
Above Left Chairman of the The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford Mr Dave Leek together with the Painting "Honouring the Few" , Right: Artist Steve Harper standing in front of the Spitfire.
A poem by Artist Steve Harper accompanies the painting which is a poignant reminder that during the heat of summer of 1940 only 70 years ago so many young men were locked in mortal combat in the skies above our towns and cities fighting for our countries very survival.
" The Merlin's roar of young men brave,
In Spitfire and Hurricane their lives they gave,
on canvas once more we honour the few,
who paid the price for freedom for me and you,
so in this painting once more they fly, for ever young to touch the sky."
Artist Steve Harper donated a very special Artists reserve print worth £400 which will was raffled as first prize on the Charity 1940's style Hangar Dance evening held on 18th September 2010 to raise funds and awareness of the work of the volunteers of the "The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford", who together with the dedicated full time team help preserve our Aviation Heritage for all to enjoy.
Steve, whose works of art are collected world wide from places such New York to France and Spain, not forgetting a loyal following at home in the UK, was on hand to present and personally sign the print for the lucky winner on the evening.
Above: (Left) Artist Steve Harper standing in front of the Hurricane, with (Right) Chairman of the The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford Mr. Dave Leek together with the Painting "Defender of The Scepred Isle " . The paintingwas used on the tickets for the September 2010 Dance.
Steve also signed tickets for the evening which had specially designed art work by him depicting the Museums Hurricane "Defender of the Sceptred Isle" as collectable mementos of a wonderful and nostalgic evening.
Below NEW RELEASE !
"Defender of the Sceptred Isle" The RAF Museums Hurricane in flight.
Print to be released early August 2010.
The exhibition of Steve's Art work at the RAF Museum Cosford has already attracted great interest from visiting members of the public. It has proved a fantastic success.
Steve spent many hours studying, photographing and sketching the World war 2 Spitfire and Hurricane Aircraft on static display in order to portray them in graceful flight and capture the story on canvas for all to enjoy.
A FITTING TRIBUTE
As a final part to the story of this fabulous painting which took over 190 hours of work and research titled "Honouring the Few" , Steve unveiled the New Painting in front of the oldest surviving Mk 1 Spitfire in the world now preserved at the RAF Museum . This Spitfire is the oldest Mk1 out of the 1566 produced during the early part of the war. She bore the scars of battle damage and also has film star status as one of the aircraft featured in the 1967 Film "Battle of Britain" Staring Sir Michael Cane and Sir Lawrence Olivier, and so is a fitting tribute to "The Few" to be captured on Canvas for so many to enjoy . Steve was photographed together with Mr. Dave Leek (Chairman of The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford) in front of the spitfire which saw active combat over the Dunkirk beaches and still bears the Castle Bromwich manufacture details in its wings. Artist Steve Harper was then photographed in front of the Hurricane with the painting titled "Defender of the Sceptred Isle" depicting the Hurricane in Flight . This also formed part of the Exhibition with a Battle of Britain Theme. The painting's title is a quotation from act 2 scene 1 of Shakespeare's King Richard II, attributed to John of Gaunt: "This royal throne of kings, this scepterd isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars ... This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England".
The Paintings are a fitting tribute to All those who give so much time and dedication restoring the amazing aircraft which form such a vital part of our aviation history at the RAF Museum Cosford.
Artist Steve Harper has donated two very special Artists reserve prints worth £400 each which were raffled as first prize on the evening to raise funds and awareness of the work of the volunteers of the "Cosford Aerospace Museum Society" who support the Full time Staff that dedicate so much of their time and hard work so that visitors can enjoy the fabulous Aircraft in the collection.
Above: Steve (Centre left) with members of the dedicated team of members of the Cosford Aerospace Museum Society.
We would like to thank all those who have bought their tickets for the dance evening in support of the Cosford Aviation Museum Society.
Steve says: "It was great to meet you all there and may I wish everyone who attendeded this wonderful event my best wishes."
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Artist Steve Harper says: " My roll as an artist is to tell a story and capture a moment in time. It's wonderful to meet people who served on the iconic aircraft that are now on display at one of the finest museums in the world and to listen to their stories, so that I can bring their aircraft to life on Canvas.
Many of these people now volunteer to work on these historic aircraft in their spare time in support of the full time staff who do such a marvelous job, so that we can enjoy these wonderful aircraft at our leisure. It's a great privilege to capture the power and grace these majestic aircraft as I put brush to canvas, to honour their commitment and dedication in preserving these historic aircraft for our nation."
Artist Steve Harper was able to meet with Members of the "The Aerospace Museum Society Cosford" at the unveiling of the painting depicting the Lincoln Bomber in 2009. The painting was displayed at an exhibition of the artists work at the RAF Museum Cosford.
Steve was also able to chat at length with Ted Littlewood a veteran who served on the Lincoln's and recounted stories of what it was actually like to fly in these majestic aircraft.
Below Steve is pictured with (Left) to Right Chairman Dave Leek, (centre) Ted Littlewood who served on one of the last crews to fly in Lincoln's such as the one in the painting and Right Artist Steve Harper.
Steve says. "It was an enormous honour to be able to do painting such as the Lincoln "Heritage of Cosford's Finest" as a tribute to Everyone involved at Cosford who lovingly look after and restore our aviation heritage and a greater honour to be with such marvelous dedicated people from the Aerospace Society, distinguished veterans such as Ted Littlewood and guests."
A NOTE OF THANKS TO ALL AT THE RAF MUSEUM COSFORD
My thanks to everyone at the Museum. Your dedication in preserving our heritage is a constant source of inspiration. My thanks to the many friends I have made at the worlds finest aviation Museum for making each visit a joy and a treasured memory.
About the Artist : Steve Harper
Steve is an established artist whose work has been centered around Motorsport and aviation themes.
Steve's Art work is Collected World wide by an ever increasing number of Collectors from America, Canada, France, and not forgetting a growing number of enthusiasts from the UK.
His work has featured in a number of Magazines Radio and TV.
Steve is better known for his artistic involvement in the glamorous world of Motorsport. His ability to capture the atmosphere of the world's most spectacular cars, drivers and motor racing and Aviation scenes are making his paintings increasingly more collectable.
Born in England in the mid 1960's, Steve worked in engineering and as a commercial Deep Sea diver before becoming a full time dedicated artist. His passion for Art developed from an early age.
Now he is able to share his talent with an increasing number of collectors of his works of art, from those new to art, to the more Serious Collectors. Steve lives and works as a full time professional artist in the West Midlands of England.
Steve says: "In the works of art I create, I try to convey the combining of the moment and the emotion. It becomes not just a scene but is far more than that, drawing the viewer into the painting so that for the briefest of moments the viewer becomes immersed in the story that the painting tells. With each brush stoke the artist paints a little of his own soul into the painting bringing the scene to life for all to enjoy . A moment in time captured on canvas."
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LAST CHANCE TO SEE STEVE'S ART WORK ON EXHIBITION
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The Exhibitin runs until 1st March 2011
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