Kincardine artist has show at Billy Bishop Museum


Glen Urquhart works on his latest painting at his Kincardine studio. (Eric Howald photo)

Glen Urquhart started painting the air aces of the First World War about three years ago.

Then he realized that some veterans might be interested in seeing his paintings and he contacted the Billy Bishop Museum in Owen Sound a few months ago.

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War, the museum will be mounting an exhibit of 15 to 20 portraits of aces from the air forces of Canada, the United States, England, France, Germany and Belgium. The show will run from Nov. 5 to 11.

Urquhart’s oil paintings range from 12” x 16” to 24” x 32” in size and concentrate on the men, not their airplanes.

Pilots depicted include Canadian aces Billy Bishop and William Barker who won the Victoria Cross. After the war, says Urquhart, the two partnered in a flying venture and Barker died in a crash in  1923 on the Ottawa River.

Other famous aces include Nungesser, Boelke, Lufberry, Richthofen and Immelman, to name a few.

Urquhart, 82, was in the Canadian air force and army in the Second World War and has always had an interest in flying.

He studied art at Central Tech in Toronto under such noted artists as Peter Howarth, Charles Goldhammer and Doris McCarthy as a rehab student after the Second World War. He is a past president of the Kitchener Society of Painters and the Central Ontario Art Society. He also instructed art for 12 years at Mohawk College in Brantford and has taught seminars at Blue Mountain, Buckhorn, Doon, Burlington, and Southampton.

He moved to Kincardine nine years ago and continues to paint - including portraits of First World War aces.