Vincent MESLET, "Week End Aviation Artist"
Vincent is self tought aviation artist since as far as he remember, he is drawing airplanes. Youngster, he was dreaming hours while flipping the HASEGAWA or AIRFIX model kits catalogs. The magnificient illustrations of Shigeo Koike and Roy Cross were paving the way. Later on, Daniel Bechennec and Francis Bergèse, illustrators of the covers of the "Fana de l'Aviation" were also key drivers. Then, in the mid 80's, the discovery of Keith Ferris artwork was the real trigger. This is when he realized that art and aviation could join together and the need "getting a try" was born. Other famous artists books were also determinants by offering great subjects of obeservation.
Vincent first serious painting was done in the mid 90s, an oil on canvas of Mirage 2000D which still resides in the French Air Force Squadron which is depicted. He refers himself as a "week end painter", as his real job takes more than often too much of the needed easel time.
He's a proud Artist Member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, created by his master Keith Ferris. He met Keith and other famous Aviation Artists during the ASAA annual forums he joined.
His art has been published and exhibited in France, USA and Switzerland.