5th November 2016
Sky High: Exhibition of David Bent’s work at St George’s, Bristol
Situated in the crypt at St George’s is an exhibition of David Bent’s work. The building is described by a director of the British Museum as ‘a building which we think of as a twin sister’ – both were designed by the same architect, Sir Robert Smirke. Presumably he wasn’t having a laugh…
‘A fantastic exhibition of aviation inspired art opens at St George’s in Bristol in November, as part of the venue’s year-long ‘Art of Flight’ series.
Acclaimed artist David Bent Hon CRAeS has taken a life-long passion for flight and transferred it to canvas and to print , creating works of art that are thrilling, enthralling and utterly memorable.
Credited with leading a new movement in modern aviation art, David’s work is collected and supported around the world. Recent commissions include Universities and major aerospace companies. He has recently been made an ‘Honorary Companion’ by the Royal Aeronautical Society, its distinction reserved for those whose professional achievements are not exclusively in aerospace but who have made a substantial contribution to the profession. Awarded to David Bent in recognition of his exceptional contribution in transforming aviation art with iconic paintings , bringing aviation, technology and art together to a completely new audience.
David is also the artist most closely associated with the Red Arrows, depicting their creative and world leading displays with an impressive collection of paintings and photo collages. He has also created a bold series of work paying tribute to British aircraft manufacturers. His Bristol Tribute features within this new exhibition at St George’s.
Visitors to the venue, which is located on Great George Street (just off Park Street), will have the opportunity to see a collection of David’s artworks in the venue’s Doric Room before and during concerts throughout November and early December.
The ‘Art of Flight’ series, which began earlier this year, is a celebration of music inspired by flight and Bristol’s aviation story. A weekend of concerts and events forms something of a grand finale from 25-27 November, presented as part of the Bristol800 weekender programme.
New music commissions by composers Graham Fitkin (‘Wing’) and Liz Lane (‘Innovation 216’) receive their world premiere performances on Friday 25 and Sunday 27 November respectively.
Also on Sunday 27 November the venue will be open throughout the day for a ‘Family Flight Day’, featuring hands-on exhibits from At-Bristol, space food and the chance to create and test paper airplanes.
Visitors to the family day will also have the opportunity to ‘Meet the Artist’, as David will be in attendance from 1pm and happy to discuss his work and answer questions.’
David Bent – The Art of Flight, will be at St George’s from Wednesday 3 November until Monday 5 December.
Visit: stgeorgesbristol.co.uk for concert listings and venue opening hours.
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