ANTONY DONALDSON (B. 1939)
ANTONY DONALDSON (B. 1939)
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ANTONY DONALDSON (B. 1939)

Czech Mate

Details
ANTONY DONALDSON (B. 1939)
Donaldson, A.
Czech Mate
signed twice, inscribed and dated 'ANTONY DONALDSON/CZECH MATE/Antony Donaldson 17th January 2009' (on the reverse)
acrylic on board, in the artist's painted frame
32 ¾ x 32 ¾ in. (83 x 83 cm.)
Painted in 2009.
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
Further details
We are very grateful to Antony Donaldson for his assistance in cataloguing this work.

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Lot Essay

Antony Donaldson’s father was a fighter-pilot, tragically killed in action in 1940, and along with his two brothers, was awarded the Distinguished Service Order from George IV during the Second World War. It follows that Donaldson himself has always had a keen interest in airplanes: producing a series of paintings: ‘Fly low, fly fast and turn left’ derived from a series of photographs Donaldson took at the Reno National Championships in Nevada in 2008, and from which the present work comes. Here, he depicts ‘Czech Mate’: a former Yak 11 training aircraft used by the Soviet Army. The plane had been purchased by veteran pilot Sherman Smoot from the Egyptian Air Force, and transformed into a racing plane.

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