World War II Memorial Paintings

By Richard Walker

Richard has over the past 7 years concentrated on making war memorial paintings for private commissions and public display. These have been shown extensively in the U.K., as well as at the battlefields in France and Belgium, culminating in an exhibition at the Somme memorial at Thiepval and at the Houses of Parliament.

The images here are from his new World War II memorial, which is part of a larger piece that also includes his WWI works. Together, they make a large painted chapel that will be housed in a purpose built memorial space in the new Museum of Military Medicine at Cardiff. There are over 35 separate canvases in this new work, parts of which are here in detail. Accompanying these, you can also see few of his other paintings and drawings of objects from the war.

About the artist

Richard was born in Eynesbury, St Neots and was a pupil at Ernulf Community School. He went on to study Art and Design at the Huntingdonshire College, where he developed his keen interest in drawing and fine art. After completing this course, he gained a place at the Central St Martins School of Art in London, where he graduated in 1989 with a BA (Hons) in Fine art Sculpture.

After graduation, Richard spent two years as an assistant curator at the Cambridge and County Folk Museum. He then began teaching in various colleges and schools, working with young adults in further education. For eight years he ran the Sculpture and 3D course at Hills Road Sixth Form College, leaving this post to dedicate more time to his painting and drawing.

He has exhibited his Aviation Art in various shows, including two exhibitions at the St Neots Museum and the Shuttleworth Collection. From a very early age, Richard developed a passion for aviation and in his mid-teens, he worked as a volunteer with the Duxford Aviation Society. In more recent years he has begun to explore, through painting and drawing, what drives his interest in aviation and air-frames. All his drawings are from direct observation and are the result of many hours spent drawing in the hangers and workshops at Duxford, The Shuttleworth Collection and the RAF Museum at Hendon.

The aircraft are drawn as they are now – some complete, others undergoing servicing and restoration – and it is through the depiction of this work that their important and diverse histories may be revealed.