A fantastic exhibition of aviation inspired art has opened in our Doric Room gallery, as part of our year-long ‘Art of Flight’ series.

Acclaimed Wiltshire artist David Bent Hon CRAeS has taken a life-long passion for flight and transferred it to canvas and the printing press, 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. 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.

As soon as we had a glimpse of David’s art in a book at a meeting with him and his wife, Carole, early in 2016, we knew it would be the perfect addition to The Art of Flight.  A visit to their home studio in Swindon over the summer offered a tantalising peak behind the scenes, with a new work in progress and a whole host of amazing pieces on display.  The original canvases of some of the works are breathtaking at around four-feet square, but we knew the proposed print exhibition would work beautifully in the crypt.

Visitors can view David’s selected pieces from 6pm on concert evenings, or from an hour and a half before concert start times at weekends.  You will also have the opportunity to ‘Meet the Artist’, as David will be attending our Family Flight Day on Sunday 27 November, from 1-3pm, and will be happy to discuss his work and answer questions.

David Bent – The Art of Flight, hangs at St George’s until Monday 5 December. See our what’s on page for the latest event information and start times.


David Bent Hon CRAeS in his home studio in Swindon, and just some of the spectacular canvases


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‘Bristol Tribute’ image © David Bent