Basil Wynbergen

Chiswick Flyover, painted in Gouache and charcoal in 1959

Chiswick Flyover, painted in Gouache and charcoal in 1959

Grand Union Canal at Hanwell, painted in Oil in 1979

Grand Union Canal at Hanwell, painted in Oil in 1979

My late father Basil Wynbergen, who died in June 2015, lived in Ealing most of his life. He trained to draw and paint both at the Northampton School of Art and at the same art college as Vincent van Gogh, l'Academie Royale des Beaux Arts, Brussels. Basil's work has been shown in exhibitions both here in England as well as in Belgium and Sweden and additionally, is also represented not only in those countries but also in private collections in France, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. He has also had several one man shows in Ealing, most recently in 2010 at Pitshanger Manor.

The Iron Bridge, Southall, painted in Gouache in 2009

The Iron Bridge, Southall, painted in Gouache in 2009

His studio imprint is "AtelierBW" and though he painted in oils, his main medium was gouache, (watercolour with added chalk), which he used in the same way as oils, "straight from the tube" and these finished paintings are lacquered. He also made drawings using an 8 or 9b pencil or Conte crayon.

In the year 2000, his gouache painting of a decrepit Constellation airliner rotting in a yard at La Paz, Bolivia, was awarded Best Aviation Painting of the Year at the annual Guild of Aviation Artists' London exhibition. As an Associate of that Guild, Basil painted aircraft, (military, airliners or general aviation), as well as making seascapes and urban or country landscapes, houses, streets and pictures with a medical theme. On permanent exhibition in the Clementine Churchill Hospital, Harrow, is an oil he made in 1994/5 of his heart bypass operation, while in 1997 a large oil painting of his was acquired by St Bernard's Ealing Hospital NHS Trust showing the Boiler House of the old hospital beside the Grand Union Canal. 

Both Maidenhead Historic Museum and Shoreham Airport Visitor Centre each have an example of his aviation paintings on permanent display likewise, the UK National Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick. 

While Basil's style may be eclectic, his work benefits perhaps from not being tied to one particular style or type. Consequently, his paintings oscillate between impressionist, design and decorative; he work does not look like photographs.

Venue 46+

Exhibiting times

Friday 8th September — 4pm to 6pm
Saturday 9th September — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 10th September — 2pm to 6pm
Friday 15th September — 4pm to 6pm
Saturday 16th September — 11am to 6pm
Sunday 17th September — 2pm to 6pm

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