Captured in paint: portraits of all 133 Dambusters to be unveiled

Six of Dan Llywelyn Hall’s portraits of the men who flew on the Dams Raid. Top row, left to right: George Deering, Kenneth Earnshaw, Charles Brennan. Bottom row, left to right: Tony Burcher, Alden Cottam, Floyd Wile

Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall has taken on an ambitious project to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dams Raid. He is painting a full size portrait of the last British man to take part in the raid, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, and this will be accompanied by smaller pictures of all the other 132 Dambusters. Six of these are shown above.

The complete set of 133 pictures will be on show to the public between 14 and 27 May 2018, at the 4 Farm Street gallery in Mayfair in London (4 Farm Street, London W1J 5RD). Opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Funds raised during the exhibition will be donated to three charities nominated by Johnny Johnson: The RAF Benevolent Fund, Group 617 in Penarth and the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.

Dan has a Crowdfunder appeal to raise funds for the exhibition, and anyone who sponsors him can qualify for a range of benefits including etchings and limited edition catalogues.

Dan was born in Cardiff in 1980 and is one of Britain’s most prominent young portrait artists, having been commissioned to paint portraits of both the Queen and the Duke of Cambridge. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK in both solo and group exhibitions in venues such as the Saatchi Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Wales, Windsor Castle, MoMA Wales and others.


4 thoughts on “Captured in paint: portraits of all 133 Dambusters to be unveiled

  1. Patricia Gliddon May 22, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    Dear Charles, It was a great pleasure to meet you with my grandson Nigel Ashfield on Thursday evening. Your new production of The Dambusters was a wonderful and memorable reminder of those war years and the boys who fought for our country. My brother was a navigator first in 106 Squadron (23 raids) and then 617 Squadron (22 raids). I am very proud of him. I am very pleased with your signed book and will treasure it. Kind regards, Patricia Gliddon (age 96)

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Francis (Frank) Russell March 31, 2019 / 3:25 am

    Please tell me how I can be better kept informed of the DamBusters via emails etc. I was named after Francis (Frank) Garbas, the front gunner on th AJ-B.
    Thank you Kindly for any information you may have.

    Frank Russell

    • charlesfoster March 31, 2019 / 11:10 am

      Frank — on the right hand side at the top of this page you will see a section headed “Follow blog by email”. At the bottom of it is a red button marked “Follow”. Click this and enter your email address, and you will receive every new post by email as soon as it appears online. Let me know if it doesn’t work! Thanks for your interest. Charles Foster

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