Darryl Legg - Aviation Artist
The aviation art of Darryl Legg, has been circulating South Africa for the past 20 years and has attracted clients both locally and internationally. His interest in aircraft, together with his passion for art, inspired Darryl at an early age, to pursue his talents and to emerge as one of South Africa's leading aviation artists. On completing his training, he became a full time professional artist at the age of twenty, choosing acrylics as his medium. Although his subject matter includes portraits, landscapes, automotive, locomotive and marine art, Darryl is a recognised Aviation Artist, and the majority of his time is devoted to working on aviation commission work. Painting as a full-time professional, it is indeed a full-time career, requiring many hours of research and detail applied to each portrayal of his aviation subject, with emphasis on colour accuracy and realism.
Each of Darryl's works, is done on a gesso-primed canvas. Acrylics are his choice of medium, as this paint has fast-drying qualities, which compliment his style and enables him to attain a high level of detail. With hundreds of aviation books, magazines and photographs in his library, Darryl can create works which are accurate and authentic, relying on his reference to ensure that each artwork is in line with his high quality standard which he maintains for each client.
On two occasions, Sun International has commissioned Darryl to do marine paintings, which hang in the main games room of the Grand West Casino in Cape Town. Other corporate clients include the South African Airways (SAA)and the South African Air Force (SAAF) for whom he has done numerous works over the years. In 2008 Darryl exhibited at the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow in New Zealand. It was a spectacular event where his work was well received and it boosted his international clientele. Recently, Darryl was approached by the Natures Choice food company, to paint and create a ‘3D’effect of a fictional airliner on the factory wall. An image of this can be viewed on the ‘other’ category under galleries.
Darryl Legg was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1975. After having matriculated in 1993, he went to the Technical College in Port Elizabeth, where he completed his art course. He is currently living in the Karoo town of Middelburg, from where he sends his work to various clients, both locally and internationally.
John Young GAvA
John Young has long been regarded as one
of the world’s leading aviation artists. His paintings
combine a truthful representation of technical subjects
with sensitivity to the many moods of the sky, land and
sea indeed; his landscapes are treasures in their own right.
For fifty years he has painted a rich pageant of colour
and atmosphere which surround aeroplanes. His first contact
with flying machines came from the famous Cobham’s
Flying Circus and spent his school days under the skies
filled with planes of the Second World War. He then went
to art school and did national service with the Royal Air
Force. A lifetime of skill shows through with all his work
which hangs proudly next to works of David Shepherd and
RonaldWong, BSc(Hons), GAvA, ASAA,
Ronald Wong has arrived at his career in Art
via a devious route indeed. A scientist by training, Ronald
specialized in biochemistry for his degree in Britain. After
some years working in the Health Service in London, he made
the decision to pursue his childhood interest in art and
since 1976 has been a professional artist. Although his
strength in recent years has without doubt been in the very
specialized realm of aviation, his first artistic forays
were into areas no less challenging -- portraiture, animals
and wildlife, and landscapes.
Aviation had made an indelible impression
when growing up close to the flight path in Hong Kong, and
when he joined the Guild of Aviation Artists in Britain
his work quickly began to attract attention and win prizes.
An additional boost in those early years was the special
interest and appreciation shown by overseas Air Forces,
in particular the United States Air Force, with which he
continues to have a close association and cooperate in artistic
projects. The vast majority of his work are specially commissioned
"from source" -- directly from airmen -- in which
his aim is to achieve not only technical accuracy but to
capture the unique atmosphere and dynamism of different
flight scenarios, no less than the realism and vitality
imparted to his wildlife work. Today his aviation work encompasses
not only air forces of diverse nationalities but airline
and aerospace companies and important galleries.
Ronald continues to be one of the most successful
independent artists, which, with his wide-ranging interests,
suits him particularly well. He is also a member of the
American Society of Aviation Artists and the Guild of Motoring
Artists. He lives with his family in Hertfordshire, not
far from London, where he has his new, expanded studio.
Cowland. BA(Hons). GAvA, MCSD, FSAI
Tony is a Graduate of Brighton Art College
with a First Class honors degree in Design. He spent over
a decade in Design and Architecture becoming a Director
in a large London/New York based Architectural and Design
Practice. He turned to full time Illustration and Painting
in 1989. A one-time Chairman of The Guild of Aviation Artists
of which he is a Full Member and Medal holder. Tony is also
a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers and a Fellow
of the Society of Architectural llustrators.
He has won over a dozen awards for Aviation
Painting both in the UK and USA. Tony’s work, almost
entirely to commission, has wide ranging subject matter
and has involved extensive travel worldwide; indeed much
of the reference for the backgrounds on the illustrations
for SAPI Airliner Prints has been from the numerous photographs
he has taken (and sketches he has made) whilst flying. He
has flown in over 40 types of aircraft both military and
civilian (including most of the types depicted in SAPI prints).
Over the last 10 years he has been involved
with many commissions for the British Army involving visits
to various Exercise locations, Peace Keeping and War Zones
including Iraq as a War Artist in 2003.
was born in Hove Sussex and at the age of just six months
he started his long association with ships. First he crossed
the Atlantic by Liner, moved from the USA to Barbados and
onto Singapore where he began sailing at a very early age.
When he was 11 years old the family took the slow route
by cargo ship back to the UK. Whilst growing up he spent
many happy hours on the water in the varied boats his father
owned and as a family they spent nearly all their summer
holidays yachting. An activity he still enjoys today.
A graduate of Brighton College of Art and
Design he left with a First (1.1) degree. After spending
over a decade in Design and Architecture he became a full
time artist in 1989. Mostly working for Architectural, Aviation
and Military clients he has also done much work in the off
shore Oil and Gas Exploration sector. He has had many maritime
painting commissions including book illustration and exhibited
several times with the Royal Society of Marine Artists in