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Graham Cook from Stamford wins trophy at Guild of Aviation Artists' aviation paintings of the year exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London




An aviation artist has won a prestigious trophy for one of his pieces of work.

Graham Cook, 73, who has lived in Stamford for the past 30 years, scooped the Alex Henshaw Trophy for the best light commercial aviation in the 1920s and 1930s at the Guild of Aviation Artists’ aviation paintings of the year exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London last week.

His winning painting is with oils and depicts a Fox Moth aircraft flying over Fort William in Scotland with Ben Nevis in the background.

Graham with his trophy and award-winning painting
Graham with his trophy and award-winning painting

A delighted Graham said: "It’s a great privilege to win this award.

“The standard of the paintings is just phenomenal because there are over 300 exhibits in the exhibition so it’s not very often you pick up an award like this.”

Graham, originally from the Isle of Wight, is currently the vice president of the guild of aviation artists and has worked at RAF Wittering, RAF Marham and and RAF Cottesmore.

The married father of two with two grandchildren worked his way up the RAF ranks after starting out as an apprentice and became a keen artist when a colleague lent Graham his oil paints.

He is also hoping to scoop a guild award for a painting depicting Red Bull Air Race pilot Paul Bonhomme.

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