Art Preview: Aviation Paintings of the Year @ Mall Galleries

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Art Preview: Aviation Paintings of the Year @ Mall Galleries
A Lot of Hot Air by Roy Huxley. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
A Lot of Hot Air by Roy Huxley. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Tinfish Release' by Graham Cooke. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Tinfish Release' by Graham Cooke. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Going Home' by Ronald Wong. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Going Home' by Ronald Wong. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Ace Ginger Lacey, 501 Sqn 1940' by Patricia Forrest. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Ace Ginger Lacey, 501 Sqn 1940' by Patricia Forrest. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Biggest over Tallest' by Ken Smith. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Biggest over Tallest' by Ken Smith. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Speedbird' by Graham Henderson. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.
'Speedbird' by Graham Henderson. Courtesy Guild of Aviation Artists.

When asked about the ideal painting, thoughts usually go towards fruits, flowers, people and landscapes. Aeroplanes aren't normally on most artist's radars (excuse the pun), possibly because capturing the moment can be difficult when your subject is flying past at several hundred miles an hour.

The Guild of Aviation Artists disagree. And to prove that they are not some tiny niche organisation, their 42nd annual exhibition will show 455 paintings by 149 artists.

The artworks range from fighter jets, both modern and historical, to commercial airliners. Expect everything from Spitfires to Concordes.  Cars are often regarded as works of art, so now it's time for aeroplanes to show that they can come across just as sleek and even more powerfully.

Aviation Paintings of the Year 2012 is on display at the Mall Galleries until 22 July. Admission is free.

Last Updated 16 July 2012