The most beautiful bronze aviation art there is.
Born England May 1967, Greg Percival has been working in the field of art
and design for 20 years originally as an airbrush artist for National and International magazine covers and books whilst also
developing his skills in art related fields such as sculpture and various paint mediums.
Since an early age Greg has
always had a big interest in motorsport focussing mainly on Formula 1/Indy and Endurance racing with his earliest influences
coming from Gille Villeneuves driving flair in the 1979 Ferrari 312 T4.
In 1996 he became the co-creator and designer of Grand Prix Action an International
magazine which covered all aspects of Formula 1 motorsport around the world.
In 1995 he started working on more hands
on art forms which have become the sculptures we see today.
In his own words:
"I wanted to create motorsport art which
uses the clarity of a model and the excitement of a kinetic sculpture. Worldwide there are available magnificent scale models and very obscure sculptures, but with these pieces
I have married these two mediums together in a recognisable and fluid
The original pieces are the result
of over 3500 hrs of work. Created using specialist woods and resins to create the right fluidity and form, moulds were then
taken from this original sculpture and cast in bronze with a silver plate or solid sliver. These sculptures and slate bases
are all hand made and finished and limited to an edition run of 100 of each.
These sculptures which depict the excitement
and danger of motor sport in action, are approximately 36cm long (roughly 10th scale), and including the slate base, weighs
about 5kg and are all individually numbered by the artist. One of the editions was featured in F1 Racing magazine in December
2000 as a competition prize, and as the main feature for an interview with Greg on sky television.
currently working on are:
Carbon fibre and bronze sculptures of individual motorsport
Paintings/Prints of various Life/moment images
- Location: Chichester,
Great Britain (UK)
20 minute Interview on Sky television about my work
2001-2002 Exhibited Alex Reade Gallery, Carnaby Street
Guild of Aviation Artists Annual Exhibition at The Mall
Accepted on my first attempt to be part of this prestigious event, and was highly commended and runner
up for the Gibson Memorial Trophy. Also I was runner up for the Quantas Award for the same work.
For costs on the below sculptures, contact Greg through
one of the following sites.
Also see Greg at
Gregory Percival sculpture
The guild of aviation artists
Work available by Greg
The Tally-ho sculpture size is approx 72cm long x 46cm wide x 35cm high and weighs about 7.5kg
The solid hand cast bronze spitfires are each individually polished and patinated with a wingspan of 18cm.
When creating the original sculpture of the Spitfire I wanted to produce an instantly recognisable impression of a
Spit and it represents a Spitfire MKIIa.
The original sculpture of the Spitfire took me 2 weeks to craft, then I made moulds to cast waxes from to send to the
foundry for lost wax investment casting.
The base is cast by hand from my moulds using 5 kg of glass clear casting resin then two days of final finishing and
polishing. The original base sculpture took me 5 weeks to complete and is made from woods and sculpting clays to achieve the
'flow of air' I needed.
I believe that I have created a very unique piece here, with my intention of keeping a kinetic/moving sculpture, showing
the flow and excitement of flight.
This piece is in honour of the brave pilots who flew so gallantly during the second world war and offers a snapshot
of Douglas Bader’s
'Dogsbody' section flying from RAF Westhampnett in July 1941.
Four Spitfires of Douglas Bader, Alan Smith, Johnnie Johnson and Cocky Dundas,
following the call of Bader... 'Tally-ho'!
This particular Sculpture is offered to the RAFA and to hopefully auctioned by Bonham’s, is the very first artists
proof, the final work will be a limited edition of 25 all signed and finished by myself with engraved issue numbers and signature.
Other works by Greg
In 1995 I started working on more hands on art
forms which have become the sculptures we see today.
In his own words:
"I wanted to create
motorsport art which uses the clarity of a model and
the excitement of a kinetic sculpture. Worldwide there are available
scale models and very obscure sculptures, but with these pieces I have married these two mediums together in a recognisable
and fluid sculpture"
The sculpture provides the excitment and dynamic of speed with the metal being shown to flow and move
back along the surface of the body and the wings.
Knights of the sky
Special commision for Goodwood Aero Club as a special
trophy, result of 8 weeks work
Exhibited Mall Gallery 2008 highly commended for the Quantas Trophy and the Arthur Gibson
1 of an edition of 50
Knights of the sky 2
Second sculpture in the series 'Knights of the Sky'
depicting a German fighter, the Albatros DVa of Hans Von Hippel, Jasta 5.
Exhibited at the Guild of Aviation Artists Exhibition,
The Mall Galleries, London. 2010
Lost wax casting from original sculpture again showing
fluidity in form and providing what is known as kinetic sculpture
'Dodging the Foe'
Ball. VC. D.F.C. leading 56 Squadron, flying his SE5A dogfighting the Albatros DIII's of Jasta 11, 7th May 1917.
No. 1/1 Oak Base unique to GAVA Exhibition July 2011
new sculpture by Greg has just been completed, a wonderful representation and with out a doubt credit to the artist.
on the below is as follows:
Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC and part of the 'Knights of the Sky' sculpture series
Percival is producing this work specifically for the Fly to Help charity event held at the RAF Club, 1st May 2013.
Paying tribute to Geoffrey Wellum flying in his Spitfire Mk11a, the completed work will be a limited edition of 25 bronze casts, signed
and finished by the artist. The second artist's proof is being displayed to the Bonham's auction at the
Goodwood Revival, with an edition being sold at the December Oxford Bonhams auction 2014.
in bronze and mounted on slate. Approx dimensions 40 cm high by 30 cm wide, weight approx 6kg
Also I have produced
a sculpture called 'Bang-On'
Information as follows:
The final tribute in this particular Spitfire trilogy,
art and purpose unite to form a beautiful yet practical piece of original work. Following the tradition of classic Georgian
door furniture this door knocker comes with an impeccable pedigree.
Your opportunity to possess an original sculpture
by Gregory Percival to be enjoyed by all. Possibly the first time one's personal sculpture may be displayed within the public
Fashioned from the same Spitfire used on 'Tally-ho!' and 'Double
Exposure' modified and united with a striking base in the form of an RAF roundel bearing a relief squadron remeniscent
of the Art Deco period.
Sculpted, cast in bronze and hand finished to the
highest standard, each piece is signed and numbered as an original piece of sculpture.
Two piece bronze
Weight: Approx 1.1kg
Open edition signed and numbered