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Guss' collection of originals
January 4, 2009
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Alexandre – thanks for the kind comments; I hope to get more of the collection posted soon. I looked at your website, and your artwork is outstanding, both in the caliber of your paintings and drawings, and in the variety of subjects. Very nice.

Skyraider – thanks for the tip about Diane’s e-mail address (I’d hate to be the cause of a spam raid on her email in-box).

To all – a happy and healthy new year!

January 5, 2009
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A few more original aviation paintings in my collection. The variety in this hobby is amazing!

A Jack Fellows painting of the Graf Zeppelin that was used as the artwork for a Marshall Islands stamp:

The stamps (Mr. Fellows did two of the paintings for this block of four):

A painting of a Curtiss P-36 by WWII era artist/illustrator Harry Jaffee. He was very prolific:

An unusual painting of an in-flight refueling operation by artist Mel Brown, entitled “The Quiet Years”:

Here’s an undated painting of a Martin Marauder by P. Solosky:

Lastly, an illustration of an early de Havilland by French artist/illustrator Lucien Cave. I have quite a few more works by Mr. Cave that I’ll be posting in the future. If anyone has any biographical information about him, it would be very much appreciated.

More to come; thanks for looking!

January 7, 2009
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A couple more paintings:

A preliminary boxart painting for an Airfix DC-10 model (the final boxart for this kit is slightly different).

Two paintings of Spitfires that were part of a series of book illustrations by artist/illustrator August (Sonny) Schug.

Thanks!

January 7, 2009
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That Graf Zeppelin original by Fellows…………….. 8O

Eagle Day, August 15 1940
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January 7, 2009
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Thanks Rolex. The image would look better without the reflection of the camera; I’ll try to post a better photo this weekend.

January 11, 2009
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Here are a few more pieces of original art I’ve been able to collect, including some unusual ink drawings.

Two pieces by South African artist Darryl Legg, an SE-5a and a Bristol F2B Fighter:

Profile paintings of a P-47 and P-38 by Sonny Schug:

Two more paintings by Jack Fellows for a series of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands.

A Sukhoi Su-27:

An Ilya Muromets (Sikorsky S-22):

Back in the 60′s and 70′s, Air Progress magazine would periodically publish articles about various types of aircraft that were illustrated with pen and ink drawings. Here are two of the original drawings for an article about WWII floatplanes (at some point some writing on the drawings was covered over with small pieces of masking tape):

An ink drawing of a JU-87 Stuka, also published in Air Progress long ago:

Thanks for looking!

January 17, 2009
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More originals by French artist Lucien Cave, dating from the 30′s and 40′s (and some of them really show their age). While a number of these pieces came from different sources in France, a surprising amount of his work made it to the US. I’ve left many of them in their original frames – maybe someday I’ll have them matted and reframed; I’m just not certain if that’s the right thing to do. Sizes range from 9″ x 10″ to 16″x22″.

January 17, 2009
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A few more model box art paintings by Don Greer, done for AMT/Ertl – an F-14 Tomcat, SV-22 Osprey and B-52 Stratofortress (the B-52 painting is fairly large, measuring 15 1/2″ x 35 1/2″):

January 19, 2009
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Impressive collection!

Lucien Cave’s work is very cool. Great style!

The early works of Sonny Schug are interesting. You can recognise his style yet it so much “less developed” in a way… not sure how to describe.

Not heard of Darryl Legg before but his work reminds of Michael Turner which can’t be anything but a huge compliment.

Thanks for posting!

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Prints available @ www.digitalaviationart.com
January 20, 2009
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An Albatross D.3 painted by James Mody in 1997. This is the companion piece to the Spad painting appearing in one of my earlier posts, and the image area measures 16″ x 20″. Prints of both paintings are often offered for sale on the internet.

Here are four more paintings by Jack Fellows that appeared on Marshall Islands stamps or first day cover cachets – the Graf Zeppelin II, a Ford Trimotor, an Albatross D3 and an N2S-1 Kadet. All of the Fellows paintings are oil on masonite board, and were done in the mid-90′s to 2000.

Finally, another grouping of profile paintings by Sonny Schug, each measuing about 4 1/2″ x 12 1/2″. You can see more of Mr. Schug’s art at his website: http://www.sonnyschug-studiowe…..index.html

Thanks for looking!

September 26, 2010
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I haven’t posted for a while – time just goes by too quickly. Here are some more original paintings from my collection, mostly by artists I’ve collected (and appreciated) in the past. Hope you enjoy!

Some oil on board paintings by Jack Fellows. These were the artwork used both for Marshall Islands stamp issues and FDC cachets from Fleetwood.

Boeing P-26

North American F-100 Super Sabre

Douglas A4-F Skyhawk

Curtiss SOC-1 Seagull

Voight OS2U Kingfisher

Curtiss TS-1

These paintings date from the late 90′s, and most measure 14″ x 16.5″.

Here are a few more paintings by French artist Lucien Cave, which I believe were done in the 30′s and 40′s. His works are becoming more and more difficult to find. I’m trying to learn more about this prolific artist – any information you might have would be much appreciated.

Boeing YB-17 (or Model 299?)

Ryan ST-M

Curtiss P-36 Hawk

A few paintings by artist/illustrator August “Sonny” Schug.

A5M2 Mitsubishi “Claude”
This painting measures 17″ x 14″.

The Memphis Belle

P-51B flown by Don Gentile

The Memphis Belle and the P-51 were illustrations for the book “Weapons of the 8th Air Force”.

Finally, here’s a profile painting of an LTV A-7D Corsair II. The artist is unknown. This was the side-flap/end-flap boxtop illustration for the Aurora model kit issued in 1969.

I hope you enjoy the artwork; thanks for looking!

February 13, 2011
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I hope everyone had a great holiday season! Hard to believe we’re already half way through February. I guess time flies when you collect aviation art. Here are a few original paintings I recently acquired, along with some pieces by Jack Fellows that I purchased a number of years ago now.

This is a painting entitled “Mavis Down” by one of my favorite aviation artists, Darryl Legg, from South Africa. It depicts a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat piloted by Robert W. Duncan downing a Kawanishi H6K Mavis in January 1944. This acrylic on canvas painting measures approximately 16″ x 22″.

Here are a couple of model boxtop paintings by Sonny Schug, that were done in the seventies

A Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero and a Nakajima A6M2-N Rufe floatplane. The kit by Jo-Han Models included parts to build either aircraft.

A Vought F4U-4 Corsair that Mr. Schug painted for a kit issued by Monogram Models.

Another painting of an A6M2 Zero that was done by Mr. Schug in 2010.

A painting of a Boeing 314 Clipper (the “Yankee Clipper”) by French artist Lucien Cave. This was probably painted in the late thirties or early forties. When it began to fly passengers in 1939 the Boeing 314 was the largest civil aircraft in service.

Finally, here are five paintings by Jack Fellows that were the artwork for a series of stamps issued by the Marshall Islands.

Navy-Curtiss NC-4 floatplane

Bell P39D Airacobra

North American F-86 Sabre

Douglas F4D Skyray

Vought F-8 Crusader

Thanks for taking the time to look at these paintings. I hope you enjoy them!

February 13, 2011
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Guss,

I always look forward to your updates, and this one was an inspirational one. Besides Jack’s awesome paintings that you have acquired, I couldn’t help but be impressed by Darryl Legg’s “Mavis Down”. Stunning piece!

February 15, 2011
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What an awsome collection- originals are where its at ( i’m a bit biased as i’m an artist). Love the Jack Fellows stuff but also very impressed with the work of Darryl Legg, not someone i had heard of before – but i think maybe he is a name to watch.

cheers

JEZ

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February 15, 2011
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The “Two seat monoplane” picture by Lucien Cave depicts a Ryan ST-M, a type that was impressed into service with the RAAF from the NEIAF after the Japanese advance. I’d never heard of Darryl Legg before either but what you’ve got there is very impressive.

February 15, 2011
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What a Great collection, Guss; Thanks for posting those. It is “spirit lifting” to enjoy such beauty. I really loved about 80% of them. (Hey! Art is extremely subjective.. :) )
Makes me regret passing on a number of Lucien Cave paintings 20-30 years ago. I find the loose, blurred style, of those paintings, to be so VERY relaxing and calming. Wish I had added a few. Then, I share your appreciation of Jack Fellows, who does a superb job of communicating the concept of altitude, (where airplanes Live…and belong). I too, have a Diane Krause, of a very different feel, with the “recreation” of a long lost 1910 painting of German Wright planes at War (long before there WAS an air war) for me.
I have two dozen large (30 x 40s and even 40 x 50s) Kepple acrylics on board and on canvas, most of which, depict actual WWI aviation combat events, that convey one of the best senses o depth and height, I’ve ever experienced , in vieiwng aero art. In person, they come as close to 3D, as I’ve ever seen. With the size, you feel you canalmost fall Into them..
Instead of Cave’s, I had the good fortune to be able to acquire a great many original Hubbell’s (oils, watercolors caseins,pencil, brush pen etc, most of which were the artist’s OWN favorites, (and former Smithsonian exhibits) and the ones he kept for himself, in his own home & office.) Sometimes in a Loose style, also, but not as loose as those beautiful Cave’s. I have to get rid of at least 100 originals to thin out the collection for a move. I have a beautiful Hubbell 1913 Curtiss Flying boat painting, that is along the lines of your Fellows painting. (NOT trying to sell it to you, as you already Have such a nice one) but it feels nice to share some similar appreciations. I also like original paintings that are, at first glance, Obviously, Paintings! I fell less of a sense of “art” when viewing a work that is photo-realist in fine detail. There is nothing like an original. (and it is NOT about money or value, as many quality originals are about the same cost of Heavily marketed mass produced, 1000 run prints.) I am near certain that the pleasure of viewing your original paintings, in person, must nearly double the enjoyment. Well done! Magnificent collection :D

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February 15, 2011
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Eagle Day, August 15 1940
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February 16, 2011
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Guss,

Thanks so much for posting these – they are wonderful!

I love the Jack Fellows paintings. He’s one of my favorites. I always enjoy his use of color.

You’ve introduced me to a couple of other great artists – Cave & Legg. I had not heard of them before this thread. One of the many things I love about eHangar.

Lucian Cave’s technique is so interesting. I can’t say I really understand how he does it, but I like it! The close-up of that Grumman F3F is so unusual, but it creates such a great effect in the painting.

Legg does very nice work. If I was a publisher, and saw his work, I think I’d give him a call. I think he could be very popular among collectors.

fuzzy

February 17, 2011
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Blacksheep/jez/SpitfireVIII/barnstormer/fuzzy,

I apologize for not responding sooner – it’s been a little hectic at this end.

I really appreciate your kind comments about the paintings I’ve posted. As we all know, the real compliments go to the artists who created them and allow us to enjoy this hobby/passion (thanks for what you do jez!). I’m just a gatherer and sharer, like so many of you.

It’s also nice to see that most of you share my opinion of Darryl Legg’s work. I think he truly is a rising star in the aviation art world, and we’ll hear his name more and more often in the years ahead (barnstormer, I’d lay odds that he’s not amongst the 20% you didn’t love). While I had posted a link to his website early on in this thread, here it is again for those who would like to see more of his work:

http://www.aviationartsa.com/index.htm

Check out some of his Spitfire paintings in particular – in my opinion they’re excellent. He truly is a “name to watch”, as you put it jez.

A few of you commented on Lucian Cave’s work. In fact, I think you articulated why his paintings appeal to me better than I ever could. I’ve been trying to track down biographical information about Mr. Cave for years now and haven’t come across anything of substance, which amazes me given the sheer number of paintings he created. If anyone has any suggestions about how I can learn more about his life and work it would be much appreciated. SpitfireVIII and fuzzy, thanks for identifying some of the aircraft in his paintings. I’ll update the postings accordingly.

barnstormer – I had visited your website in the past and was absolutely blown away by your collection of Charles Hubbell paintings. You must have the largest collection in the world of originals by this pioneer of aviation art. Thank you for making them available for all of us to enjoy. I’d love to see your Diane Krause painting and the Kepple acrylics if you get an opportunity to post them.

Lastly, I’d like to share a thought about what I actually see as an obligation for those of us who collect aviation art, maybe especially pertaining to originals. A few years ago I purchased a 1933 Pontiac – not really all that fancy (it was a “working man’s car”), and definitely not a Dusenberg or the like. In any case, when I bought the car a friend of mine who owns a 1930 Model A Ford (and actually the person who inspired me to buy the Pontiac) said to me that I didn’t actually own the car that I had just purchased. When I asked him what he meant, he said “Gus, we’re just caretakers for these automobiles, and our job is to maintain them, protect them and perhaps even improve them so they can be passed on to the next generation to see and enjoy”. It was an interesting way to look at things, and I think he was absolutely correct in his view. And the same holds true for all of us who are “caretakers” for our aviation art collections. It’s our duty to preserve and protect this artwork so it can be passed along and enjoyed for generations to come.

Again, thanks for the generous feedback – more to come!

March 8, 2011
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I’m going to add a few of my things to Guss’ collection. I checked with him first to see if it was OK and he gave me the thumbs up.

By coincidence, I had a couple of items that fit right in here. They don’t seem to fit anywhere else. Guss’ collection is unique!

First is a small original painting of a Curtiss BF2C-1 by GD Provenza (Guss has some Provenza’s):

It’s now in my two boys’ room. You can’t beat golden age Navy biplanes for boys! Bought it on eBay from Gerry many years ago.

Second is an original painting of a Curtiss F11C Goshawk by Sonny Schug (Guss has some Schug’s):

I did the framing and it is also in the boys’ room. Bought on eBay from Sonny many years ago.

Modelers may recall this painting. It was used for box art on a Lindberg release of the Goshawk:

Third is a Lucien Cave painting (Guss has plenty of Cave’s – lucky dog!):

This purchase was inspired by Guss! I had never heard of Lucien Cave before seeing Guss’ collection. I think Cave is very entertaining! That little airplane looks like it’s just zipping across the paper. Bought on eBay too.

By the way, anyone know what kind of airplane that is? I don’t.

So, thank you, Guss! I’ve found your collection fascinating and inspirational!

fuzzy

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