Self-taught aviation and motor racing artist, born in London, who was attracted to motor sport on his first visit to Brooklands in 1924. He contributed to Motor Sport, Autocar and Motor, was noted for his mechanical detail, atmosphere and accurate depiction of each driver’s position at the wheel, as in one of his masterpieces, Finesse en Vitesse, Louis Chiron driving a Grand Prix Bugatti. His interest in flying in the 1930s led to a commission to paint the authoritative picture of the Battle of Britain for Royal Air Force Fighter Command. During World War II Nockolds served in the Air Force, developed a revolutionary camouflage for Mosquitos and was a war artist. He was chairman of the Guild of Aviation Artists, 1975, and of The Brooklands Society, 1976.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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