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Welcome to the website of award winning aviation artist Simon Mumford. Combining a technical appreciation of the subject with the drama and beauty of sky and landscapes Simon’s artworks skilfully capture the majesty of aviation in all its myriad forms.

Well known for his extremely accurate pencil illustrations, particularly of the EE Lightning, Simon has now built a reputation as a specialist in British Cold War aircraft.

We are very pleased to announce that Simon’s latest painting has been accepted into the forthcoming Guild of Aviation Artists’ Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. The exhibition runs from the 22nd-28th July, 2019, see the Guild website for details.

Entitled ‘Motorway Trials’ it shows Jaguar GR.1 XX109 (piloted by test-pilot Tim Ferguson) landing on the M55 near Blackpool on 26th April, 1975 to demonstrate the new aircraft’s rough field capabilities.
30 x 20 inches, oil on canvas.

Simon is a Full Member of the prestigious Guild of Aviation Artists and has exhibited at the Annual Aviation Paintings of the Year Exhibition in London on numerous occasions.

Simon receiving the Sir George Edwards Memorial Plate for ‘Twilight Thunder’ at the 2016 Guild of Aviation Artists’ Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.

What others have said…

“Simon is one of the best aviation artist to come along in many years.”

“This is a superb picture and I write as one who has over 2200 hours on the Buccaneer.”

“As in his other artwork he has captured the detail and lines of the aircraft, while at the same time capturing a moment of the surreal blend of beauty and power that is so typified by this magnificent aeroplane. No other artist captures the Lightning quite so well.”

“Simon has produced a wonderfully evocative picture and I am very proud that it now hangs on my wall.”

ABOUT

I have always been fascinated with aviation. Growing up near Lincoln I remember Vulcans thundering overhead on finals into Scampton and Waddington, and visiting airshows where the awesome sight and sound of a Lightning disappearing vertically into the sky made a lasting impression.

It was memories such as these that inspired me to begin drawing aircraft. I began with pencil illustrations and developed a highly detailed style that I feel suits the technical and mechanical nature of the subject.  In 2000 I joined the prestigious Guild of Aviation artists as a Friend and have been lucky enough to have exhibited at their Annual Exhibition for most of the intervening years. In 2016 I was proud to become a Full Member of the Guild and have also become much more involved in the organisation, particularly in designing and managing the Guild website.

“Lightning Ascendancy”, an EE Lightning F.6 departs RAF Binbrook in style.

Recently I had the great privilege of meeting former Mosquito pilot Flt. Lt. Colin S. Bell who completed 50 missions over Europe towards the end of WWII. He was kind enough to sign prints of my painting ‘The Last Raid’ depicting a 608 Squadron Mosquito over Kiel.

For me, this is  one of the most enjoyable aspects of aviation art, the chance to meet incredible people such as Colin.

Simon with Flt Lt Colin S. Bell signing prints of ‘The Last Raid’ at the RAF Club, London, 2018