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John Finch – The Aviation and Maritime Art of John Finch; In the Milking Parlour 12th- 25th September 2020

To coincide with the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Guggleton Farm Arts is delighted to present a solo show of the work of John Finch, who has been painting maritime and aviation works for 40 years. Having  recently moved to Dorset this will be his first exhibition for 20 years. Much of his previous work hangs in collections worldwide and, in particular, he has many paintings hanging in the Bermuda Maritime museum.

 This body of work consists of oil paintings depicting a vast range of subjects within the aviation and marine genres. His aviation subjects range from the biplane fighters of the 1930s, to the jet age of the 1950s, and includes the much-loved spitfires and hurricanes of the 1940s. His marine paintings span from the Age of Sail to the express liners of the 1930s. There are a number of pieces bring marine and aviation together, showing Royal Naval carriers together with their air component, the Fleet Air Arm of the piston era.

 John’s representational work is primarily story-telling, and captures a snapshot in time.

Often, John chooses to paint a particular subject because there is no existing photographic record of the event, and so he creates a visual depiction of these moments in history using descriptions from first and second hand accounts to compose the picture. One example can be seen in his painting of the raid on Kenley aerodrome on the 18th August 1940, for which he used as reference, the events detailed by Alfred Price in his book The Hardest Day.Another example is ‘And Compass Rose Found Them’, a painting inspired by a descriptive passage from Nicholas Monsarrat’s book The Cruel Sea of the search and rescue for survivors of the battle of the Atlantic.