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Again I crave your indulgence for on the face of it this is a painting of a train. On closer inspection however Douglas Bader’s Avro trainer is “Chasing the Flying Scotsman.”

Signed by the artist John Young and Lady Bader among others I could never quite figure out whether this was a take off of Bill Phillips’ sublime “Chasing the Daylight” or vice versa. I regret not being able to afford the latter … other than in Train Simulator 2014.laugh

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I have long been an admirer of Sydney artist David Marshall.  

His painterly approach artistprovides a wonderful counterpoint to the ‘realism-at-all-costs’ folk.

Here are four of his works … unsurprisingly all with a particularly Australian flavour. Enjoy.

 

This painting represents an action in the Bay of Biscay written about in a book (whose title I regret I can’t remember) I read as a teenager.  The Australian pilot and crew not only survived the attack by JU-88’s but accounted for two of them.

 

Australia once had an aircraft carrier “Melbourne.”  Withdrawn from service following it’s killing of two allied ships (by ramming … not its fault) now remains but a distant memory.

 

Australia was the last country to operate the F-111.  Bye bye swept back wings.

 

Restored (and lovely) Constellation landing at Nowra Naval Base during air show.

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Just thought I’d explain to the viewers my framing philosophy.

As I have a ‘few’ framed prints and walls that can only accommodate 70 I have to rotate. By using the same basic frame I keep the same aesthetics.

Also I believe the frame and mat should compliment the painting rather than overpower or compete with it for attention.

Many collectors have differing views … to each their own. cool

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Nice collection!

 

Glad to see some wonderful digital works in there!!!!!!

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Hi CBI. Terrific to see you are still active on eHangar !

If I recall correctly you and I kept one digital artist, in particular, in beer and pretzels for quite some time.
Thanks for your comments. More coming over the next days/weeks and then we start on the prints …

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I wonder if members have from time-to-time shared with me the feeling their collection owns them rather than the reverse?  

I certainly have occasionally felt my collection, started as a humble means of honouring our veterans, was becoming burdensome.

Enough reflection.

 

Bought this on the secondary market.  Note that it has been framed without a mat !

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July 5, 2014 - 12:48 am
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Regarding your David Marshall print of the Sunderland involved in the Bay of Biscay action, the book you’re referring to is “They Shall Not Pass Unseen” by Ivan Southall.  An excellent read.

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SpitfireVIII many, many thanks … that’s indeed the one.  I owned the book too but was lost during one of my moves. I can rest easier now.

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No worries Appliance!  I found my copy, a very much pre-loved November 1956 edition, in a local second-hand bookstore not so long ago.  The chapter that describes that action (Chapter 10 – “Marrows and Company”) is absolutely enthralling.  I love Southall’s style of writing – the way he build the tension of the impending action and the amount of detail he gives the reader, it almost makes you feel like you’re a part of it.

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July 5, 2014 - 4:39 am
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Some  more …

Gil Cohen is a genius and his “We Guide to Strike” remains one of my favourites.

 

New Zealand artist Spike Wademan’s  “Climb Angels 25.”

 

The Hawkinge Edition of Grinnell’s “The Struggle Begins.”

 

One of my early Philip West acquisitions.

 

Secondary market print and once again framed without a mat. wacko

 

Two of my favourite Taylor images.

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Today’s instalment –

Some Nick Trudgian beauties.

 

I really prefer Taylor’s mid-period where orange skies prevailed under the ‘true’ Military Gallery and before the pink clouds of Aces High ownership took rein.

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SpitfireVIII said

  I love Southall’s style of writing – the way he build the tension of the impending action and the amount of detail he gives the reader, it almost makes you feel like you’re a part of it.

I agree. it certainly left an indelible impression on my early teenage mind.

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Hello again viewers.

Only six entries today … I am feeling slack today!

 

Taken By Surprise” is one of Barry Spicer’s earliest works, completed in 1997.  My print is numbered 13/25. It is prized since it was the first time I had acquired the signature of Tony Gaze, famous Australian pilot and racing driver.

 

When John Rayner, my friend, mentor and proprietor of Aviation Art here in Australia learned I had purchased “First of the Day“, one of Steven Heyen’s early works, he gently chided me.  He couldn’t quite understand why I had purchased this ‘inferior’ work and not a Robert Taylor.  Although I was at the time a novice collector the prospect of obtaining Ted Sly’s and Bobby Gibbes’ (Australian pilots) signatures was too tempting!

 

Norman Clifford’s “In Defence of Darwin“, signed by ‘Killer’ Caldwell, apparently was less than a commercial success. I have heard that Caldwell’s signature has appeared as a mat on several other releases!

 

I admire and respect Roy Grinnell.  I have formed the view over a considerable period that Roy (and his wonderful wife Irene) have the interests of the pilots/veterans uppermost in mind rather than the commercial side.

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July 8, 2014 - 3:28 am
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The breath of your collection is just incredible Appliance.  Thank you for sharing it with us!

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Thank you Guss for viewing and your compliment.

I am indeed fortunate; however many members here have far more extensive, and exciting collections than mine.

As long as you are satisfied and it brings you pleasure … that is the true worth of any collection. smile

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Several with a Pacific theatre theme …

Opening with three Taylor’s, favourites all.

 

Couple of Trudgians now. The latter bought on the secondary market hence the differing frame treatment.

 

Couldn’t obtain the Pilots Edition of John Shaw’s “The Magnificent Fight” so had to be content with the signature festooned standard edition!

 

Mari Chernev’sTask Force 58“, number 1/250.  My one and only giclee on paper.

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July 8, 2014 - 5:51 pm
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Appliance,

Great collection, like how the frames match.

Thanks for sharing,

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Very nice and great collection! cool2

Wonder, you must have wall space without an end… LOL cool-gum

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Thanks for the generous comments folks.

Frank, as mentioned above, I have wall space for 70 frames so I am obliged to rotate … on whim. smile

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Appliance said

Norman Clifford’s “In Defence of Darwin“, signed by ‘Killer’ Caldwell, apparently was less than a commercial success. I have heard that Caldwell’s signature has appeared as a mat on several other releases!

I have always liked this print and think its under-rated and under-marketed, unfortunately (or maybe, fortunately! wink).

The subject aircraft and its victim (Mitsubishi Dinah), as well as the signatory, are quite unusual in the aviation art world.

Your recent posts have quite a few prints I have never seen, and artists I have never heard of. Thanks for sharing them, and I look forward to seeing more of your amazing collection. goodshow

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