It was Johnny Johnson’s 101st birthday last week, and many happy returns to him. And what better way for a man of such maturity, a legend in his own right, to mark his big day than by posing for his portrait to be painted by another legend, cricketer turned artist Jack Russell.
The BBC local news covered the story. See here.
Thanks to Graeme Stevenson for the tip.
A very happy birthday to you, sir. Many more.
Johnny Johnson was also painted by Royal portraitist Richard Stone.
While not as well known as Jack Russell, Richard – whose portrait of The Queen was used by the BBC throughout the period of official mourning – painted JJ back in 2014.
With best wishes, Norman Wells
Happy Birthday to a a true hero!!
Absolute legend and lovely to listen to as he talks of his experiences
“There’s a look in their eye and … [s]ometimes I can capture a little bit of that.”
Artist Jack Russell’s comment on his portrait of Dambuster veteran Johnny Johnson, and a close look at the photo of the work reveals its truth. It’s in Mr. Johnson’s eyes, and Mr. Russell’s brush. Words alone couldn’t reach it, but between the experience of the one and the talent of the other we’re privileged to see it. Thank you, gentlemen, and God bless!