FRANK WOOTTON - OFFICIAL WAR ARTIST FOR THE RAF IN WORLD WAR II
FRANK WOOTTON, as a student studied at Eastbourne College of Art under Eric Ravillious and Reeve-Fowkes, and gained the Travelling Scholarship and Gold Medal.
During the war he was invited by the C.-in-C. Allied Air Forces, Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, to a Special Duty Commission as Official War Artist to the Royal Air Force. In this capacity he saw service in Normandy, India and Burma. The subjects painted during this period are now with the Imperial War Museum and various RAF Command Stations throughout the country. Since the war Frank Wootton had renewed his interest in Landscape painting and paintings of Equestrian subjects and has exhibited at the Royal Academy of ROI and many other galleries. He has travelled extensively around the world carrying out commissions. A large number of his paintings have been purchased for permanent collections and his work has been widely published in international journals, editions for framing and in his books “The Landscape Paintings of Frank Wootton” (1989) and “50 Years of Aviation Art” (1992). He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1995.
I met Frank Wootton many years ago when I was running a Gallery in the West End of London. One of our big collectors from New Orleans asked me to find Frank "Wootton" and I sold his wild life, landscapes and horses. He was one of the most famous horse painters in England, and his landscapes are legendary.
Frank helped me to put together my first collection of aviation art from all the famous English artists when I had my show at the National Aviation Club in Washington, D,C.
The more you look at his paintings - the more you love them - and his work combines wonderful landscapes with the planes that fought for England in The Battle of Britain.