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Derek Blois – GAvA (Guild of Aviation Artists)

Derek Blois - Member of the Guild of Aviation Artists
Derek Blois - Member of the Guild of Aviation Artists

Derek Blois (GAvA) was born and lived his early years on the coast of Essex, England. After leaving school and serving in the Essex Constabulary for a time, Derek felt the call of the creative urge and spent the next five years at Art Schools in Colchester and Brighton where he gained a BA (Hons), he then moved to London to work in various Design Agencies. A few years later Derek and his family packed their bags and travelled up the M11 to North Norfolk where he co-founded Adept Design, a design and creative agency.

After 30 years in the creative business with his wife Liz and with their two sons all grown up, he decided to call it a day,  sold up the business and concentrated on his painting (and a few other things).

Due to his special interest in military maritime and aviation, Derek has often been commissioned to paint military scenarios, one such commission was of the recent successful Libyan campaign involving British forces, the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean and the Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopters. Derek was invited to present the painting on board HMS Ocean to the Captain and crew. Another commission from The Army Air Corps, was to paint a representation of The Battle of Brega, which was also part of the Op Ellamy campaign in Libya. This painting now hangs in the Officers’ Mess at Wattisham.

To celebrate 25 years of unbroken operations of the Tornado at RAF Marham, Derek was commissioned this year to produce a painting to hang in the WO and Sgts Mess at RAF Marham, where it now hangs.

Most recently Derek has just completed a series of 10 large paintings for various Regiments and Squadrons of the Army Air Corps, focusing on ground crew and troops, to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

The Aden Room at Wattisham Officer’s Mess now shows a painting to commemorate the first British helicopter to fire live rounds in 1967. This is Derek’s largest painting to date (except murals)

Numerous commissions have followed from both within and outside the military, some of which can be seen on the website and are available as quality prints. See also Facebook: Paintings by Derek Blois.

Derek regularly exhibits at the Guild of Aviation Artist’s Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and is an Associate of the GAvA. He is currently the President of  the Institute of East Anglia Artists (IEA) and a Council Member. He does not currently exhibit in the UK but does in The Argosy Gallery in Maine US where his maritime work is on show.

 

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My Art Awards (GAvA)

2015
GAvA:
1. Best Painting Arthur Gibson Memorial Trophy
2. HC Bonham Trophy Award
3. HC Westland Helicopter Rotary Winged Flight Trophy Award

Awarded Full Membership IEA

2016
GAvA:
1. HC Westland Helicopter Rotary Winged Flight Trophy Award
2. HC John Moore Best Group Award

2017
GAvA:
1. HC Westland Helicopter Rotary Winged Flight Trophy Award
2. HC John Moore Best Group Award
3. HC Bonham Trophy Award

4. Argosy, Maine, United States:  Best Painting Maritime Sailing Award

Awarded Associate Membership for the GAvA

 

2018
GAvA:
1. Best Painting Leonardo (Westland) Helicopter Rotary Winged Flight Trophy Award
2. HC  Royal Air Force Museum Award

3. In Bar Harbor. Voted as Best Painting in Large Section by the public in Maine US

4. Award for Excellence Coin from Colonel Chris Bisset AAC Commander AHF

2019
President of the Institute of East Anglian Artists

GAvA:
1. HC Best Painting in Show
2. HC Best Painting Leonardo (Westland) Helicopter Rotary Winged Flight Trophy Award