commissions

Here you’ll find some examples of past commissions. To request a commission, please email davidlefleming@gmail.com

Francis Plug book cover – 2018

Francis Plug book cover
oil on metal panel – 300 x 410mm

Onto its second edition in paperback and getting rave reviews, Francis Plug: How to be a public author is by London-based author Paul Ewen.

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Blue Smoke – 2011

Blue Smoke
oil and eggshell on Standard Vanguard bonnet – 1360 x 1340mm

Blue Smoke was commissioned to help with the launch of Blue Smoke Records (bluesmokerecords.com), a record label that was setup to commemorate the 1950s no.1 hit ‘Blue Smoke’, sung by the illustrious Pixie Williams. It was the first New Zealand song to reach no.1 in the charts at home as well as America, selling 50,000 records and the first New Zealand song to have sheet music made up for it. The painting which was commissioned by Amelia, daughter of Pixie Williams, was auctioned and now belongs in the Museum Hotel art collection in Wellington.

The subject, who is depicted rowing a boat is Ruru Karaitiana. He wrote the song Blue Smoke in 1940 aboard the troopship Aquitania, enroute from New Zealand to WW2.

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