David Rowlands: Military Artist
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In June 1999 David accompanied the Army when it entered Kosovo. At the Centenary of the Irish Guards he was presented to The Queen and The Queen Mother for his paintings of the Regiment during that operation. Since then he has accompanied the Army on its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, being hosted by 7th Armoured Brigade during Operation TELIC in April and May 2003.

In October 2001 David was commissioned by Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) to record Exercise SAIF SAREEA II in Oman, the largest British military exercise for many years. He was asked to complete a set of detailed, eye-witness drawings of all the aspects of the joint exercise, which were then framed and presented to the Omani Forces at its completion. While he was present in Oman, The Sultan’s Special Force (which is trained by the SAS) asked him to accompany them, and commissioned him to paint a picture of their soldiers and vehicles in the desert.

David was invited to Buckingham Palace on 14 November 2002, when the Air Chief Marshal presented his painting “Zero Alpha – Airstrip secure” as a gift to HM The Queen on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee and the 60th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Regiment.

In 2005, David’s painting of Challenger 2 tanks of B Squadron, The Queen’s Royal Lancers in action in Basra was unveiled by HM The Queen at Catterick. On St Patrick’s Day 2006, David’s painting of the Irish Guards in action in Basra was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal at Wellington Barracks, London.

In May 2006, David took part in Exercise SHARP POINT in Northern Kenya. Driving in a Land Rover across arduous terrain to the Forward Operating Base near Lake Turkana, the farthest North that British troops have deployed in the country, he sketched medical sections working in the desert and the mountains. Next »

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David Rowlands with the French Army
David Rowlands with Gen Sir Michael Jackson (Late PARA), Chief of the UK General Staff to 2006
David Rowlands in Afghanistan
David Rowlands with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh