Aviation paintings from Frank Wooton. Introduction by John Blake.
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Frank Wootton is a Sussex man, born and bred. It is the landscape and the animals of Sussex that he paints, when he is not painting aircraft. He is a very English painter, in the great tradition of Constable and Gainsborough, and has their instinctive feeling for the land — and above all, in every sense — of the sky. In this wide setting, his aircraft float, at home and natural. They must look as if they were flying. He is, like Constable, much concerned with painting weather and after all, weather is, as Frank says himself, one of the main considerations of the pilot whenever he flies. His hangar and runway scenes are truly “landscapes with figures” and he is unique in his ability to set this curious, ungainly, though often beautiful, creation of metal and wood and fabric, the airplane, naturally among its surroundings. He has a very close affinity with the aircraft that he paints, having flown in most of them, but is emphatic that, in his own words, “there are only certain types I would want to paint in a nostalgic way so that the onlooker could share the interest one has in expressing the shape, texture, surface characteristics of metal and canvas to the point where one instinctively wants to touch it.”
Frank Wootton was born in Eastbourne, and entered Eastbourne College of Art in 1928
Frank Wootton's aviation art carrer began in 1940, while awaiting call-up to the RAF. Some time later he became a full-time war artist and his brilliant coverage of the war in Far East brought him world-wide fame. Today, he still maintains an active interest in both the RAF and USAF, and his unique position as the foremost aviation artist of the day. Technically superb in their treatment of wood, canvas and metal, his aircraft paintings owe their magnificent feeling of space to his conviction that the most important thing about an aircraft is the sky in which it flies.