With two weeks left to run of a year long exhibition, its worth paying a visit to ‘Fresh Air,’ the solo retrospective of Swindon based leading modern aviation artist David Bent at the RAF Museum, Hendon, North London.
Museum curator Andrew Cormack credits David with being the first artist to take a truly fresh look at aviation art. The exhibition is the first of its kind for a living artist.
David’s iconic painting ‘Timeless’, right, is featured in the RAF Museum exhibition, a print of which was signed by the full Red Arrows team in 2011.
Visitors during the year have included 50 Swindon students from Churchfields Academy and Highworth Warnford School who were treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity of a private view of the exhibition with Dave and a suprise visit by all 9 Red Arrows pilots and the team manager, who had responded to an invitation from Carole Bent and friends in the RAF.
Visitors from further afield have included guests from Abu Dhabi, where David has good support for his work and several American writers keen to see David’s work on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.
Jon Egging Trust
Saturday 27 April will be particularly poignant when Carole & David Bent present one of only two prints of Timeless signed by Red Arrow pilots to Emma Egging. She is the moving force behind the Jon Egging Trust, set up in memory of her husband who died flying in a Red Arrows display at the Bournemouth Air Festival on 20 August 2011.
The Trust has developed an exciting and unique youth engagement programme – Blue Skies – which provides new opportunities to help disadvantaged young people achieve their full potential.
Jon is pictured right signing the print just a few weeks before he died, with colleagues Zane Sennett, Chris Lynton-Smith & Red1 Ben Murphy in the background.
On 1 May at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, David and Carol will be presenting the first print of David’s latest work ‘Dreamland’ which will be auctioned in aid of the Fly2Help charity, based at the Cotswolds Airport.
During the exhibition year, David was delighted to learn that, during the national Big Draw in October, over 800 children from London schools and beyond created new artworks based on his work. Their pictures were featured in a temporary gallery space beneath the wings of a Mosquito aircraft, pictured below.