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Dave Mork

I was born and spent my early years in the mining community of Mckenzie Island Red Lake Gold Mine in the Red Lake district. In the 40’s, the bush plane was one of the few connections to the outside world and became of great interest. The fascination of flight lead to sketching on any piece of paper that was handy including school text books. Then it was building model airplanes of the wood and paper variety with rubber band propulsion.

Moving to Winnipeg in my early teens was a chance to see other planes. Bicycle trips to Stevenson Field were made on a regular basis to simply watch the planes, visit hangers, take pictures or talk to pilots. Walking out on the tarmac to get close to aircraft was allowed in those days.

In approximately 1980, I joined the WCAM (Western Canada Aviation Museum now Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada) on restoration, eventually serving on the Board of Directors. I still volunteer at the museum (Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada) in the Archive Section doing photo scans and identification of donated photos.

Sketching was always a part of my life involving planes, cars and cartoons. My real interest in painting started in 1982 when I was looking for a “stress reliever”. A quick trip to Fraser’s Art Supplies produced the supplies and the painting started. After a few scenery pieces, it was time to switch to aviation art. Being self-taught and struggling with various aspects of painting, I later attended an art class only to be told I didn’t need them. In 1992 three of my pieces (Sabre, Mosquito and Tutor) were chosen for the ’92 Artflight exhibit at the National Museum in Ottawa and I received an “Honorable Mention”.

I acquired a Private Pilots license in 1988 and a Cessna 172 shortly after. I flew for approx. 20 years, accumulating over 900 hrs. including numerous trips east and west. After selling our 172 in 2007 I flew a friends Cessna Cardinal and rented aircraft.

Since retiring in 2002, painting has continued to document the early years of aviation in Canada and the Bush operations especially the aircraft used in the Red Lake district.

I also design and manufacture young children’s ride-able wooden airplanes. I’ve managed to design and make a P-51 Mustang, F-18, CT-114 Tutor Snowbird and Space Shuttle and F-104. Over 35 have been made with most being donated to the HSC Children’s Hospital, charities, fund raisers or the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada for a children’s play area.


Canadair CL-415 Water Bomber - by Dave Mork

 

 

Canadair CL-415 Water Bomber
by Dave Mork

 

16 x 30 inches, Acrylic on board
Held by Artist

Curtiss Lark - by Dave Mork

 

 

Curtiss Lark
by Dave Mork

Curtiss Lark operated by Patricia Transportation Company out of Red Lake, Ontario.

 

16 x 30 inches, Acrylic on board
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Skylancers Canadair Sabre Mk6 - by Dave Mork

 

 

Skylancers Canadair Sabre Mk6
by Dave Mork

On Mar. 02, 1956 this RCAF aerobatic team was practicing in Germany when they crashed following their leader. The one survivor, FO Les “Stretch” Price, was not flying that day.

 

24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas board
Held by Artist

Curtiss JN-4 Jenny - by Dave Mork

 

 

Curtiss JN-4 Jenny
by Dave Mork

Curtiss JN-4 Jenny operated by Elliott Air Services out of Sioux Lookout. This scene is dropping off the mail in Red Lake, ON. This was the first aircraft to fly commercially into Red Lake.

 

16 x 30 inches, Acrylic on board
Held by Artist

Starrat Airways Fokker Super Universal - by Dave Mork

 

 

Starrat Airways Fokker Super Universal
by Dave Mork

Fokker Super Universal operated by Starratt Airways in the Red Lake area. Shown unloading freight at the Hudson Bay Store on McKenzie Island Gold Mine. The Gold Eagle Gold Mine is in the background.

 

16 x 30 inches, Acrylic on board
Held by Artist

Dehavilland Mosquito - by Dave Mork

 

 

Dehavilland Mosquito
by Dave Mork

Dehavilland Mosquito - 1989, commission for Murray Church, Marketing Manager of the Royal Canadian Mint. His Dad flew this aircraft during World War 2.

 

24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas board
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Bellanca Aircruiser - by Dave Mork

 

 

Bellanca Aircruiser
by Dave Mork

Bellanca Aircruiser operated by the MacKenzie Air Service shown here at Radium City.

 

24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas board
Held by Artist

Avro Arrow - by Dave Mork

 

 

Avro Arrow
by Dave Mork

 

24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas board
1984
Held by Artist

Canadian Airways Fokker Universal - by Dave Mork

 

 

Canadian Airways Fokker Universal
by Dave Mork

Fokker Universal operated by Canadian Airways Co. This was Canadian Airways' first aircraft and is seen here on Dec 26, 1925 making its first delivery.

 

16 x 30 inches, Acrylic on board
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Kiddy Planes - by Dave Mork

 

 

Kiddy Planes
by Dave Mork

I also design and manufacture young children’s ride-able wooden airplanes. I’ve managed to design and make a P-51 Mustang, F-18, CT-114 Tutor Snowbird and Space Shuttle and F-104. Over 35 have been made with most being donated to the HSC Children’s Hospital, charities, fund raisers or the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada for a children’s play area.

 

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