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My first attempt to post some of the originals in my collection. I love all things aviation, growing up on Long Island close to Mitchell Field, and not very far from Roosevelt Field, where Lindberg started his tran-Atlantic flight (now a shopping center). I can remember watching formations of Fairchild C-119’s flying over all the time, and the annual static air show at Mitchell was always interesting. Now I live in the Chicago area, within walking distance to what was the Naval Air Station Glenview, base for numerous WWII carrier pilots who trained on two sidewheel paddle ships that were converted to “mini-carriers” and were stationed on Lake Michigan.

Well, here goes with some postings. If this works, I’ll have more to submit over the coming months. I hope you enjoy; would appreciate your questions or comments:

In the 1970’s Nixon Galloway did a series of 43 paintings for United Airlines that were converted to 8 1/2 by 11 prints and sent to UA’s frequent flyers on a monthly basis. This is Mr. Galloway’s painting of a DeHavilland DH-4 from that series. Incredible detail.

Mr. Galloway’s painting of a Douglas DC-6 from the same series for United Airlines. This painting was won in a contest by a United Airlines frequent flyer who submitted the best suggestion to improve the airline’s services.

A painting of an A-4 Skyhawk by GD Provenza. Again, great detail.


A B-17 shortly after take off by GD Provenza.

A flight of F-4 Phantoms by GD Provenza.

An SBD Dauntless by Jack Fellows. This was a painting done for a series of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands.

Another original by Jack Fellows for the Marshall Islands stamp series, this one of a Yak-9.

Here’s a painting of a Mig-21 by Mark Postlethwaite that was the cover art for an issue in the Osprey Combat Aircraft series (gotta get it framed!).

A Pan America 747 by WW Shaw, who has had some of his work displayed in the Air and Space Museum in Washington. When I contacted him about this piece some years ago he believed he had done it on commission for a PanAm pilot.

A P-40 Warhawk by artist Diane Kraus.

Finally, here’s a DeHavilland Vampire in flight over the outback, by Australian artist Ian Lewis.

That’s it for now; more to come, including some boxtop art for plastic model kits. Thanks for looking!

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December 27, 2007 - 3:47 am
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Great originals Guss! That A-4 is killer, I also like the DC-6 and SBD. You have a wonderful collection.

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Nice, varied collection! 😎 Thanks for sharing.

I have a giclee print of the P-40 by Diane Krause. I’ve been trying to contact Diane for a while now but no luck.

How large are the original Jack Fellows paintings that were used for the stamps?

Looking forward to seeing more! πŸ™‚

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Very nice collection Gus!

I’ve been working for United Airlines for close to 22 years now, and have never heard of the series that Nixon Galloway did for them. Thanks for opening my eyes to that subject. Even though I work on them for a living, I’ve never really been to enthralled with the modern day airliners, except for the B757. But they knew how to make them “back in the day”, my favorite being the DC-6B. Did you know that mechanics working on them, with those beautiful (and oily) radial engines, used to wear white coveralls?

Your Jack Fellows originals are awesome. Jack said he did quite a few of those. He was able to convey a lot of detail and atmosphere into what I remember being smaller paintings.

BTW, please go to your photobucket account and click on each image. Then click “resize” and then “Message Board”. It shrinks each image down to where it can be viewed on the forum without having to scroll left and right, and allows the viewer to see all of the image at once. Thanks!

Looking forward to seeing some more of your collection. 😎

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Sunny,

The image size for the Jack Fellows paintings is 14″ x 16.5″. Not overly large, but they display nicely. I have a few others (unfortunately most are not yet framed) that I’ll post in the future.

I’ve also tried to locate Diane Krause since purchasing the P-40 painting from her some years ago, but I haven’t been successful. Let me know if you track her down, and I’ll do the same.

– Gus

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Blacksheep,

Here’s a link to the entire Nixon Galloway United Airlines series:

http://jdreed.home.mindspring……rline1.htm

My understanding is that the original paintings were hung in United’s headquarters offices in Illinois. At some point the collection was desolved and some of the paintings ended up in antique shops in and around the Chicago area. I know of the whereabouts of one other original from the series, the DC-3, but so far the owner has no desire to part with it.

I think Jack Fellows did over 100 paintings for the stamp series or first day cover illustrations. He did manage to capture a lot of detail and a sense of action in these paintings.

I made the changes you suggested to the pictures I’m storing on photobucket, but I’m not sure if they “took”. Let me know if there are any other adjustments I should make, and thanks for the help!

– Gus

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I made the changes you suggested to the pictures I’m storing on photobucket, but I’m not sure if they “took”. Let me know if there are any other adjustments I should make, and thanks for the help! – Gus

They took fine… you just need to refresh the page in your browser to see the result. πŸ™‚

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Here’s a link to the entire Nixon Galloway United Airlines series:

http://jdreed.home.mindspring……rline1.htm

Thanks for the link. Those are fantastic! I’ll have to add them to the list of things I keep an eye out for.

I made the changes you suggested to the pictures I’m storing on photobucket, but I’m not sure if they “took”. Let me know if there are any other adjustments I should make, and thanks for the help!

Perfect! Thanks for taking the time to do that. :thumbsup

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Here’s another original in my collection – a Fairey Firefly by Mark Postlethwaite, captured in flight over the Thames river. Mark did this painting for the “Lest We Forget” series of commemorative plates issued by Royal Grafton. Thanks for looking!

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Nice. Guss, with with many prints and originals in your collection, I would classify you as “Serious Aviation Art Collector” rather than “General Aviation Enthusiast”! πŸ˜‰

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Eddie Rickenbacher’s Spad XIII, downing a Fokker D-VII. A painting done by James Moody in 1997.

A P-51 Mustang by artist/illustrator August (Sonny) Schug.

A series of four pencil drawing book illustrations by Mr. Schug.

Two paintings by Lucien Cave, a prolific French artist/illustrator who was very active during the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s (or so I understand). His artwork always conveys a strong sense of motion and a lot of information, without necessarily containing a great deal of detail. I have a number of other originals by Mr. Cave that I’ll post in the future. I’m trying to learn more about his history and life – if anyone has any biographical information about Mr. Cave it would be much appreciated.

A Typhoon and a Stuka Ju-87 by Darryl Legg, a talented aviation artist from South Africa. I have a few more paintings by Mr. Legg that I’ll post in the future.

Finally, a piece of model boxtop artwork. This is the painting of the Arado AR234-B jet bomber, used for the Lindberg Models plastic kit. It’s signed “T.A.M.”, and thus far I have been unable to identify the artist. If anyone knows who it is I’d appreciate the information.

Thanks for looking. I’ll be posting more in the future.

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Nice collection, Guss !

I love that A-4( Heinemann’s Hotrod)! That is really detailed.

Will be standing by for some more!

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Three paintings by Jack Fellows for Marshall Islands stamps and/or First Day Cover cachets – a 1912 Curtiss Flying Boat, SB2C Helldiver, and a Blue Angels formation of Grumman F-11/F-1 Tigers flying over the Chicago waterfront. Most of these paintings were done by Mr. Fellows in the early ninties.

Here’s a close up showing some of the stamps produced from these paintings (the SBD Dauntless painting is shown near the beginning of this string).

A painting of a Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant by John Steel. Mr. Steel did quite a bit of boxart for the Aurora company, though I don’t think this painting was used for that purpose.

A boxart painting for a model of a B-58 Hustler issued by Lindberg in the sixties. The artist is unknown.

Here’s how it appeared on the model box.

Lastly, another painting by French artist Lucien Cave – not titled but looks to be a Boeing P-26.

Thanks for looking! I’ll post more in the future.

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A Grumman Hellcat painted by Sonny Schug.

A painting of an A-20 Havoc that was used as the boxart for a kit issued by AMT. While not signed, I believe it was done by artist/illustrator Don Greer.

Finally, a profile painting of a C-119 Flying Boxcar. This is the original painting for the side of the box artwork of a kit issued by Aurora in the 1980’s.

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My favorite of the bunch

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Thanks Rolex. I think Mr. Legg is an extremely talented aviation artist, and over the weekend I’ll be posting a few more paintings I’ve purchased from him. For those interested, his website address is: http://www.aviationartsa.com/index.htm

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I’ve been trying to contact Diane for a while now but no luck.

Same here. We had some brief e-mail exchange back in 2002 but haven’t heard of her since. Her website has been down for years.

By the way, her surname is Kraus, without the -e.

My aviation art @ http://www.skyraider3d.com
Prints available @ http://www.digitalaviationart.com

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Well, it took me 6 months, but I was able to track down Diane on the internet. Use the following link to see her aviation paintings:

http://catchalongtail.devianta…..iation-Art

Diane’s email address is dekraus”at”gmail.com, and I understand that she’s willing to take commission work. (Note – if you try to email Diane, replace “at” with @ – I’ve changed the address format to minimize the likelihood that she’ll be spammed).

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted some of original aviation art I’ve been able to collect – I’ll try to add some pieces during the next few days.

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Gus, congrats on a really super collection. I have many favourites but as I once flew aboard one, I’ll choose the ”B-17 shortly after take off ”by GD Provenza.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful collection.

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Thanks for the update, Guss!

Happy New year!

PS. Maybe break up Diane’s e-mail address to prevent her from getting spam. My e-hangar e-mail address is being spammed to death, so spammers are active here πŸ™

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