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In conjunction with the Family Fun Day at the SA Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide there will be an exciting variety of special activities for one day only - Sunday, 10 November, 2013 from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
In an earlier article you can read further about some of the wonderful opportunities available for the kids to see and experience, whether it is sitting in the open cockpits of selected aircraft, playing with the controls, seeing and hearing the roar of powerful historic aircraft engines and testing their skills in a flight simulator.
For the adults and the kids who love and appreciate artistic drawing and painting, their will be a special exhibition by Internationally renowned Adelaide Military Artist,Barry Spicer on display. Barry will be available to answer questions, discuss painting and the history behind some of the paintings.
Barry was honoured with the title of Official Artist to "Australian Army Aviation - (AAAvn) in 2008, and was recently named as the Regimental Artist for the Army's 1st Armoured Regiment after completing a number of related paintings, one of which will appear on the cover of their soon to be released book Contact Tank...Wait Out." It will be published 20th November 2013. Watch this space for future details of aviation events and book launches.
Barry's story is interesting as his initial inspiration to be a Military Artist was created when at the age of 6 years he saw the British movie The Battle of Britain. His interest in drawing changed to him drawing aircraft. Later, a strong influence in his life was his uncle whose hobby was making plastic models of aircraft and tanks. Barry admired the completed models so much, he often drew pictures of them. This planted the seed for a life long interest in military hardware, which today are the focus of many of his paintings.
After years of working in unrelated jobs, at the age of 33 years he taught himself how to paint, first with an airbrush and then with oils, gleaning as much information as possible from books and magazines. He also spent time at the Panorama Art Group, and under the guidance of Peter Findlay learnt the techniques of oil painting.
Barry's first commission of an Orion Aircraft came in 1996 when he approached a gallery in Adelaide. This resulted in a run of limited prints being made and sold. An F/A - 18 Hornet was soon to follow along with a Boeing 707 for the same gallery.
Since then Barry has gained many commissions for a number of RAAF and Army units as well as paintings and drawings for galleries, companies, stamps, coins model boxes lids and for private collectors. Some of Barry's collectable items can be seen on websites coins or for stamps.