A colourful image of London City Airport created by East End artist Gerry Buxton has been unveiled.

Airport CEO Declan Collier took delivery of the artwork, which depicts activity on the runway with a backdrop of Canary Wharf and The O2, on Thursday, April 14.

Gerry created the piece after taking 500 photos of the site to work with in his studio.

Declan said: “With London City Airport at the heart of the regeneration and growth of east London, it’s apt that we’ve commissioned Gerry, a local creative talent, to produce this memorable artwork.

“With our new owners now in place and a record-breaking year under our belt, we’re looking to add colour to our plans to continually improve the only airport actually in London, including further expansion.”

After taking the photographs, Gerry used a base image wrought from nine different pictures in two locations and painstakingly traced and highlighted the most important elements.

He then finished it off by converting the image to five colours.

The artwork created by Gerry Buxton

Gerry, who runs independent fashion and art label Plane Clothing , said: “It has been a real privilege to work on a print for London City Airport.

“Since moving to London I have been fascinated by the number and the frequency of planes flying overhead, and they have become a recurring motif in my work.

“I leapt at the opportunity to be able to photograph the planes and the airport from the runway and to begin to build an image I feel captures the life and movement of a typical day at the airport.

“I wanted to create a bold and vibrant print that embodies the thrill of taking off to new destinations.”

All of London City Airport’s staff will receive a copy of the limited edition print.