David Bent

Dave Bent painting reds bluebell

David was born in Dover in 1950. He sometimes attended Dover Grammar School and went on to study Art at Wolverhampton College. He thrived there on a training which, reflecting the time, was both traditional and avant garde.

David has maintained his art practice throughout his life, supporting it through a wide variety of work experiences. He has travelled extensively, spending periods of time in many countries always taking photographs, painting, sketching and collecting the ephemera and images that form the foundation of much of his work.

He combines his diverse experience with acute powers of observation to create his artworks. The more that you look, the more you’ll see.

17 years ago, David began to create an innovative new collection of art inspired by flight. His pioneering approach led him to being invited to collaborate with the Red Arrows in 2008. He was awarded Honorary Companionship of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2015, and exhibitions of his work over recent years include the Royal Air Force Museum, St George’s Bristol, The Swindon Museum & art Gallery & the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum.

His work is held in private, public and corporate collections around the world.

He is happily married to his gorgeous wife and partner, Carole, living and working in Swindon, Wiltshire.

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