A Hucknall painter and Royal British Legion member is flying high this week after scooping a prestigious art award.
David Hardstaff won the De Havilland trophy at the Guild of Aviation Artists (GAvA) Annual Exhibition, currently being held at The Mall Galleries in London.
His painting features De Havilland Mosquitos in combat over Norway during the Second World War and is now on display with over 400 original works of art as part of the Guild’s 44th Open Annual Exhibition.
“I’m really proud of him,” said his daughter and fellow artist, Gemma. “He’s always been creative but has only ever painted as a hobby.
“A few years ago he joined the guild as he loves to paint aviation and has an interest in the war as his granded served,” added Gemma who was inspired to take up art by her 49 year-old father.
“When he received the call to say he had won the trophy he was invited down to the London Exhibition but couldn’t go as he was working.
“It’s wonderful to see his hard work appreciated by others. We are very proud of him.”
The exhibition runs until Sunday 27th July and is attracting art buyers and enthusiasts from across the world.
David’s award-winning oil painting, called Norwegian Wood, has already sold for £1,100.
David is well known in the town as organiser of the annual Hucknall Remembrance Day parade and is also the Standard Bearer for the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion.
He is delighted that his efforts have been recognised.
“I am honoured to have received a trophy awarded by one of Britain’s most historic aircraft manufacturers,” said David of Farleys Lane who works at Nottingham Crown Court.
“And I’m delighted that it has been sold whilst being part of the exhibition.”