I00 years of the RAF
An exhibition of work by well-known Kent artist, Andrew Redden
To mark the centenary of the formation of the RAF, Rare Skills Gallery in Forest Row is holding an exhibition of paintings, drawings and print works by Andrew Redden.
Each of the images in the collection portrays an aspect of the RAF’s activity, whether in war or peace. While focussing on the sculptural elegance, design and engineering of some of the most significant aircraft in history, his work also reflects on the human endeavour and sacrifice.
Andrew grew up in Kent close to Biggin Hill airfield and the unique sound of vintage Rolls-Royce Merlin engines in the skies overhead is one of his earliest memories.
His father, who had been an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce Derby, and a navigator in the RAF in the ‘50s, regularly took him to air shows and provided him with the facts and figures to spark a life-long interest.
As a result, Andrew gained an appreciation of the shapes, sounds, smells, textures and engineering that combined to create such aviation icons as the Spitfire, Hurricane and Vulcan.
His images are both technically accurate and highly atmospheric, often evocative of the style and colour palette from the era of the subject.
The exhibition runs from Thursday 12th April to 30th June 2018. Andrew will be discussing this work at a ‘Meet the Artist’ dinner at the Hotel du Vin in Tunbridge Wells on 22nd June.
image at top: Spitfire by Andrew Redden