Artist flying high with paintings 
on gallery display

Chris Stothard: Will exhibit five GAvA paintings during exhibition.
Chris Stothard: Will exhibit five GAvA paintings during exhibition.

A Friskney based artist has had five paintings accepted into this year’s ‘Aviation Paintings of the Year’ exhibition held by the Guild of Aviation Artists (GAvA).

Chris Stothard has exhibited work for the GAvA before, however has never had the accolade of having all of his submitted paintings 
accepted.

Chris, born in Louth in 1952, has lived in Friskney for the past 15 years and prior to that Wainfleet.

He started painting oils in 1977 and was accepted into the RAF museum collection in 1980 and introduced to the GAvA in 1982 as an associate member.

Chris then made a living from painting, commissioning for the RAF and for private collectors in the USA, Germany and Australia.

After a break, Chris was asked to rejoin the GAvA as an associate last 
year.

“When told all five paintings were to be exhibited, I nearly fell over,” said Chris.

Unable to choose a favourite among the five paintings for sale, he said: “Perhaps the most important for me is, Practice Makes Perfect, depicting a 617 squadron Avro Lancaster B III flying at low-level in preparation for the Dam Busters raid.”

Chris said he tries to attach a real-life story to his 
painting.

Other paintings include ‘What does he mean, We`re off?’, of a Handley Page Victor attempting to re-fuel an Avro Vulcan, during the Faulklands and ‘Dornier Destiny’ - a Bolton-Paul Defiant 264 squadron damaging a German Dornier Do 17z bomber in 1940.

The exhibit at the Mall Galleries in London is open to the public July 22-27, admission is free, visit www.mallgalleries.org.uk for more information.