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Museum to display Fresh Air, 21st May 2012 to 30th June 2013
The Royal Air Force Museum, London will be displaying from late May a year long retrospective of the work of renowned aviation artist David Bent in an exhibition entitled Fresh Air
Over the last decade David Bent’s modern and distinctive style has won a plethora of devoted fans including the Red Arrows, with whom he has collaborated as Artist in Residence. Considered as challenging, thought provoking and innovative, his works combine art with technology and compel the viewer to stop and take notice. Each composition demands time for re-examination as details, previously hidden when first seen are revealed anew forcing multiple re-interpretations of the works viewed.
His work is considered by many to be a breath of Fresh Air in the world of aviation art.
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.’
Commenting about the exhibition, David Bent said, ‘As an artist in love with aviation, I am honoured that such a historic and brilliant place as the RAF Museum is hosting this exhibition of my work.’
The exhibition will also be supported by a series of activities and trails enabling unique opportunities for children and young people to interact and to be inspired by the Art and the stories behind it..
Further details on these activities will be posted on the Museum’s website during the next couple of months.
Entry to Fresh Air is free of charge to visitors; as is entry to the Museum. The exhibition will be shown daily from 10am to 6pm until June 30th 2013. For further details please visit www.rafmuseum.org/whatson or dial 020 8205 2266.
Local Swindon school, Churchfields Academy, will be working closely with David in the build up to the exhibition and at the museum. Headteacher Steve Flavin explained “David is a great artist and we delighted to be working with him. We will make sure that our students get to see David at work in his studio, as well as visiting the gallery in London. His work is stunning artistically, but also hugely relevant to our pupils for the technological aspect and the rich history that it covers. We’ll be working with David across a number of subjects, and believe that his international profile and adventures can inspire our students.