Renowned Aviation Artist to visit Museum

Published on: 7th February 2013

The artist David Bent painting in his studioRenowned aviation artist David Bent is to visit the Royal Air Force Museum London on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout February and March as part of the continuing calendar of events that form part of the Museum’s retrospective on his career. During this time, David will be sitting, sketching and painting amongst the Museum’s aircraft collection whilst looking forward to chatting with Museum visitors about his work.

Regarded by many in the art world as an iconoclast that has developed a new graphic style and way of interpreting the depiction of aircraft in flight, David’s distinctive and humorous style has won him a plethora of fans within the world of aviation including the Red Arrows as well as visitors to the Museum’s exhibition and those who have participated in a series of activities at the Museum that have further aided their understanding of David’s Art.

These activities have included free make and take sessions where visitors were encouraged to decorate their own model aircraft drawing inspiration from the designs, colours and shapes that are central to David’s style; inspiring over 800 children as part of the Museum’s October Half Term activity to design their own personal aircraft art using designs based on David’s ‘Plane Tessellations’ and ‘Tribute’ collections; and entertaining school children from Churchfields Academy in Swindon with a series of interactive workshops first at that artist’s studio in Swindon before visiting the exhibition in London where they further explored David’s executions and the stories behind them.

On Thursday 21st and Thursday 28th of February, David will be present in the Museum’s Art Gallery from 2pm to 3pm to talk informally with visitors to the Fresh Air Exhibition about his life-long love of flight; and how this passion has fashioned his creativity, his style, and his various friendships with the great and good within the aviation community.



Andrew Cormack Keeper of Visual Arts, Medals and Uniforms at the Royal Air Force Museum states:

‘The RAF Museum is delighted to host an exhibition of the work of aviation artist David Bent. He brings a new look to the subject, at times witty and charming, at others subtly menacing, but imbued with a deep respect and affection for the Royal Air Force and for all who conduct their business in the heavens.

He combines in his art a deep knowledge of aviation with a quirky view of flying. Be prepared to see the Royal Air Force in a way that you have not thought of it before. His view is, so to speak, through an unfamiliar prism, at times humorous, at times fantastical and at times linking his admiration for the shapes of the natural world with his interest in aeronautical structures.’ 

Fresh Air – a new perspective in aviation art is on display daily in the Royal Air Force Museum London’s Art Gallery from 10am to 6pm. Entry to the Museum and to the exhibition is free of charge, with last admission being at 5:30pm. For further details about the above exhibition and associated activities please visit the London Events Section of our website.


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