Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bomber Command painting unveiling at Parliament

Last week, I finished the Bomber Command Painting commission...'Last Mission.' Check out the link on Flickr to see official unveiling pics.  It was unveiled at Parliament by Minister of defence Hon Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Veterans Affairs Hon Nathan Guy. I'm in uniform for this one. The intro before unveiling this painting was as follows...

"Hon Captain Matt Gauldie was selected by [then] Chief of Army Major General Mateparae in late 2004 to be the official Army Artist. To follow in the footsteps of former NZ Army Artists such as Peter McInyre and Russell Clarke. During Matt's seven year career as official Army Artist he has painted soldiering life in Afghanistan, East Timor, and Solomon Islands as well as numerous Army Exercises at Home and Official anniversary and memorial events, such as 'The Return of the Unknown Warrior' series. Matt's ability to capture a rich assortment of expressions in his portraits of everyday soldiers and eye for detail has captured a footstep in time and a unique chapter of NZ Army culture. 

Matt has now been appointed as an official NZDF artist by Leftenant General Reece Jones, Where he will have the opportunity to do artwork depicting all three services, adding to over 70 official works he has created for NZDF to date. 

Recently, Matt accompanied the NZ contingent of WW2 veterans, NZDF and VANZ staff to the London opening of the Bomber command Memorial in Green Park as official photographer. This painting 'Last Mission' / Bomber Command memorial' depicts two of the 32 veterans on the trip, Mr Austin and Mr Gutherie.  They are seen inside the cockpit of a Lancaster Bomber, with ghost pilot and gunner flying them into the sunset over the London Bomber Command memorial."

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