ABOUT ART OF AVIA
ABOUT ART OF AVIA
The Art of Avia project is based on the exploration, discovery and photographing of aviation subjects to be made into prints and publications that represent the machines and technology of aviation as fine art.
Here you will find art based on aviation from various places.
Series names are based on location, hence series such as The Art of Monino - based on the aircraft found at the Central Museum of the Air Force at Monino, Russia.
All the project co-ordination, photography and post-production is by Kent Miklenda.
I've worked across several creative disciplines, photography being one of them. I left university with a degree in Industrial Design but have spent most of my working life in the film and advertising industries (for TV commercials and stills) starting as a model-maker and later progressing to special effects supervisor.
I've also designed and built large architectural sculptures and was even a freelance concept designer for a factory in mainland China for a few years.
These days my involvement with film is minor and I am following my own fine art ideas and travel-themed creative exploits, particularly to do with Russia. This image series is part of the larger exploration of those areas.
Another result of my interest in Russia and it's aviation was being given the role of special effects supervisor on the Russian film Kandagar (2010), which was based on true events. It chronicles the story of an Ilyushin-76 cargo plane crew captured by the Afghan Taliban and held prisoner for over a year before their daring escape with the aircraft.
We filmed it in Morocco with an Ilyushin-76 from Transavia Export in Belarus.
I'm looking forward to many more adventures in Russia, particularly to do with aviation and aerospace and I'll be presenting those as more fine art series in the future, as well as adding to the Art of Avia and Monino series.
You can see my full website at www.kentmiklenda.com