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Opening Reception:The Aviation and Maritime Art of John Finch
September 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
Scheduled to coincide with the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, an exhibition showcasing the fascinating and detailed work of artist John Finch opens on Saturday 12th September at The Guggleton Farm Arts, Stalbridge.
John Finch, who has been painting maritime and aviation subjects for 40 years, has recently moved to Dorset and this will be his first solo exhibition for 20 years. Much of his previous work hangs in collections worldwide with a considerable number of paintings documenting the era of the flying boats on show at the Bermuda Maritime museum. His work has also appeared in many publications, in particular The Battle of Britain by Roy Conyers Nesbit which includes John’s painting Ventnor RDF Station, the only known visual depiction of the site as it was in 1942.
The body of work on show at the Guggleton this month 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 spitfires and hurricanes of the 1940s. The marine paintings span from the Age of Sail to the express liners of the 1930s, and there are a number of Fleet Air Arm paintings showing Royal Naval carriers together with their air component. A proportion of the profits from the sale of these paintings will be donated to the Baracuda restoration project at the Fleet Air Arm museum.
Graham Mottram, Chairman of the Society of Friends of the FAA Museum and Director of the FAA Museum 1995-2015, will speak at the opening reception; in particular reference to some of the paintings, on their continuing importance and on the work of the Museum in context.
The talk will take place between 2 and 4pm outside and undercover, with an opportunity to view the show, in the gallery, in small groups. Refreshments will be available. Free tickets to this event are available here.
Exhibition open daily 11am-4pm from 12th to 25th September 2020. Opening reception (socially distanced) 2-4pm Saturday 12th September.