A little while since last checking in here.. but a very busy year had so far stopped me from getting around to sharing my newest painting with you all. Apologies, it is better late than never; but please see original release copied below, which was first shared May 24th 2021.
I hope that you will enjoy seeing this new image of the Battle of the Denmark Strait. I will add that it is nice to be focusing on fighting steel again after shall we say a hiatus, chasing fighting sail and merchant sail subjects.. and to this end I will look forward to sharing the next works with you - which will further transpire a full return to this subject genre
With best regards,
Please may I present the new maritime painting which I have just completed, entitled:
"HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS HOOD AND PRINCE OF WALES, Engaged off Iceland, 0600hrs May 24th 1941 - 'The Final Sacrifice' - At The Battle of the Denmark Strait."
An original oil on linen, 1050mm x 550mm. This was somewhat after 'Peace, A Burial at Sea' (J.M.W. Turner), to borrow a theme, and dedicate it to 1,429 brave souls from both ships (1,415 of whom perished in HOOD alone); and of course, to the shipmates who have rejoined them in more recent years.
HOOD is illustrated with the slightest inclination of a roll to Starboard, indicating she was just initiating her final turn - with the signal "two-blue" still streaming aloft as the first half of the fateful straddle arrives. The glow of the fire on her boatdeck reflects a holy cross on her maintopmast & yard, giving title to the piece.
I am genuinely relieved that I managed to complete this in time for the 80th anniversary of the event that it depicts; but the scene was obviously a harrowing one to make. I hope that you will enjoy and appreciate seeing it.
We will remember them.
Joseph Reindler, Maritime Artist
Courtesy Royal Australian Navy
Navy Wings - Bismarck80