A collection of stunning and unique one-off painted and upholstered chairs by a stellar line up of artists, designers, celebrities and even a football team go under the hammer at international auction house Bonhams of New Bond Street on 15 March.
A chair by Britain’s leading modern aviation artist, David Bent Hon CRAeS, will be one of the lots on offer to bidders who will be buying his unique artistic contribution to the sale which is raising money for CHIVA Africa, a leading AIDS charity focused on improving the lives of children and teenagers living with HIV in South Africa.
Much of Bent’s most successful work takes inspiration from the world famous Royal Air Force team, the Red Arrows. Closely associated with the team over many years, his inspired works feature wonderful use of colour, expert detail, and creativity that perfectly showcases the excitement of flight and its inherent beauty.
More than 30 celebrities, artists and designers, including Made in Chelsea stars, Arsenal Football Club, and rugby player Jonny Wilkinson, have made spectacular hand-painted and upholstered one-off chairs for the event, which is titled Sitting Pretty.
Love Hearts, painted by David on this unique chair, is based on an original piece from his outstanding Red Arrows collection that featured in a solo exhibition entitled Fresh Air at London’s RAF Museum throughout 2012 and 2013. This was the first exhibition of its type for a living artist at the museum, and inspired over 800 children to create their own artworks.
David’s work has appeared in multiple exhibitions, including displays at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Farnborough International Airshow, the Dubai Airshow, and Al Ain Aerobatic Show in Abu Dhabi. He has also received the prestigious award for the Honorary Companionship of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Time spent exhibiting in the Gulf region inspired David to create his Plane Tessellation collection. The bold, brightly coloured pattern on the seat of this chair is from this series.
He commented: “When CHIVA Africa contacted me about their excellent work, I was pleased to offer my support for their innovative fund-raising initiative. I wish them well and hope that my Love Hearts Art Chair is very successful in helping to raise funds for the charity.”
Bonhams specialist Rob Hubbard added: “Bonhams is renowned for offering rare and historically significant aircraft at auction, so it is fitting that we host this event featuring the work of aeronautical artist, David Bent. With two aircraft offered in our upcoming Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction on 20 March, the collaboration couldn’t have been better timed.”
See the chairs on offer and make bids online at www.chiva-africa.org/sittingpretty A live sale takes place at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London on 15 March.
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