‘Endeavour’ Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC

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art_of_speedSPEED EXHIBITION. A few pictures from the Wednesday evening party where big characters from the art and motor racing worlds celebrated all things SPEED and Mike Hawthorn winning the 1958 F1 World Championship. GTO Engineering exhibited an amazing TR 250 and an engine from a SWB 250. Berkmann.co.uk generously provided delicious wine which was enjoyed by everyone.Gregory Percival was showing his beautiful Spitfire and Porsche 917 sculptures. Exhibition runs until 13 November, contact me or artmoorhouse_London for appointments to view. #Testarossa#Mikehawthorn #reims #1958 #Ferrari #Dino#artmoorhouse #londonwall#Moorgate #gto_engineering #spitfire#porsche917#Monacoposter#artmoorhouse #bwphotography#1958champion#gregoryprcivalsculpture#Berkmann_wine photographs of visitors at exhibition by #3ccreativemedia
gregorypercivalsculptorA great reception loved all the work William!! art_of_speed@gregorypercivalsculptor I was going to write the art and racing worlds collided on Wednesday but thought it might be a pun too far.

gregorypercivalsculptorlol no superb!! i will share this in its fullness!!

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Endeavour squadron leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC Knights of the sky sculpture series Endeavour 40 cm x 30 cm by @gregorypercivalsculptor now on show at ArtMoorHouse London as part of the exhibition now on show at ArtMoorHouse #SPEED. –Greg has been dedicated to the field of art and design for over 30 yea Self taught, working as an airbrush artist and illustrator on book and magazine covers. In 1995 he started on more hands-on art forms which have become the tactile fluid and #kinetic #sculpture we see today. Since 2006, he has given his time fully to his sculptures. His pieces are all original and the result of many months of work. They are created using clays, specialist woods and #resins to find the desired fluidity and form. Moulds are then taken from these sculptures, waxes produced and a foundry uses the lost wax method to cast them in bronze. Greg hand finishes the rough castings and patinates all the work himself. Every edition is hand made, signed and finished by the artist making each one individual. “I wanted to create sculpture which employed the static clarity of a model with the excitement of a kinetic sculpture. Using #bronze and glass-clear resins, my art has to purvey movement and energy to be complete.” Greg has married these two media in recognisable and fluid sculpture. The movement in the bronze and the hand finished resin is a signature of Gregʼs work and is recognised internationally as a Percival. Greg is an associate of the Guild of Aviation Artists. Gregʼs work is exhibited and sold regularly: #Bonhams, Le Grand Palais, Paris; The Mall Galleries, London; The RAF Club, Piccadilly, London; #Goodwood Revival; Goodwood Festival of #Speed #artinlondon #savills #cars #vintagecars #airplane #endeavor #geoffreywellum #knightsofthesky ———- ————image copyright @artmoorhouse_london

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Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC

‘Knights of the Sky’ sculpture series


Gregory Percival produced this work specifically for the Fly to Help charity event held at the RAF Club, 1st May 2013.

Paying tribute to Geoffrey Wellum, the the bronze sculpture depicts the pilot in his Mk11a Spitfire diving and roling to the left.

His Squadron code ‘Q J’ is visible on the body of the sculpture along with the riveting and panelling associated with these aircraft.

The completed work is a limited edition of 25 bronze casts, signed, numbered and finished by the artist. with two artist’s proofs AP001/002 andAP002/002 already sold

An early edition is being sold to the Bonham’s Oxford auction in December 2014 with proceeds again going to Fly2Help.

Cast in bronze and mounted on slate.

Artists Proofs: 2 of each,  Individually numbered and signed. SOLD

The edition of 25 is now becoming quite limited

Approx: 6KG in Weight, 40cm in Height and 30cm in Width

Current Pricing: £4500


Aged eighteen, he signed up on a short-service commission with the Royal Air Force in August 1939. The first aircraft he flew was the Tiger Moth at Desford airfield in Leicestershire, after successfully completing the course he then went on to fly the North American Harvard at RAF Little Rissington with 6FTS.

He was then posted directly in May 1940 to 92 Squadron, flying Spitfires. He saw extensive action during the Battle of Britain. His first Commanding Officer was Roger Bushell, (later immortalised in The Great Escape), and his close colleagues included Brian Kingcome

Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No. 92 Squadron Royal Air Force and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Supermarine Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941.

He claimed a Heinkel He 111 shot down on 11 September, and a quarter share in a Junkers Ju 88 downed on 27 September 1940. Two (and one shared) Messerschmitt Bf 109s were claimed ‘damaged’ during November 1940. A Bf 109 was claimed shot down on 9 July 1941 over France.

In February 1942 he was transferred to 65 Squadron based at Debden, being appointed a Flight Commander in March 1942.

On 11 August 1942, Wellum led eight Spitfires launched from the carrier HMS Furious to reinforce the fighter complement at Luqa airfield on Malta. Here he joined 145 Squadron on air defence duties before being rested after a severe bout of sinusitis.


First public display at The Goodwood Revial 2014 and at the Bonhams Revival Auction 2014


Endeavour Spitfire Geoffrey Wellum DFC Bronze Spitfire Sculpture

Endeavour Spitfire Geoffrey Wellum DFC Bronze Spitfire Sculpture

Phot graphy courtesy of John Goodman




Geoffrey Wellum DFC Bronze Spitfire Sculpture





The following images show the original sculpture being made from rough wooden former to more complex areas









Wax outer shell

This is the first wax to be created, it sits on one side of the silicon robber mould i made


Wax Camopy and Main Body De-moulded

Wax demoulded with its canopy, which is a seperate casting, resting on the body



Latest edition to be shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week at Bonhams 016/025 edition number. From the rough casting at the foundry to the polished section with the canopy silver soldered to the body of the Spitfire.

The patination is slowly built up using a lot of heat from a large nozzle propane torch while applying ferric nitrates to the surface to build up the patina. Finally using lower heat wax is appiled hot to the surface, left to cool then polished by hand to get the almost glass like shine. Hot hot work but the results are always so satisfying. Start to finish of an ‘Endeavour’ edition Sqd Leader Wellum DFC in his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain


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