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March 9, 2011 - 11:55 pm
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Wow fuzzy, when you told me you thought these paintings would “fit” here, you weren’t kidding. They’re a natural. Thank YOU for adding them and creating some continuity. They’re great!

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Great continuing thread, guys – thanks all for continuing to share 😎

I’ve known of Darryl Legg’s art for many years and long admired them. Got in touch with him a few times but he always seems to be busy and emails to him gets an auto-responder canned message reply.

Guss, if its not too much of a secret, where do you get Fellows’ works from, as you seem to collect a lot of them. Direct from the artist?

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There is a site that offers “unique” original artwork for sale, see the below link. There is some aviation art offered, including Jack Fellows, although most of his originals seem to have been snapped up (no surprise there). If you type his name in the search field, a long list of his work will show, and some of the originals are indeed still available.

http://www.artworkoriginals.com/

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Sunny – I had initially purchased several of the Jack Fellows’ paintings on eBay, and when I learned that the their source was the Unicover Company (which is involved with various stamp programs around the world and at one time had also designed first day covers) I went to their website – http://www.unicover.com/ – which ultimately led me to the artworkoriginals site mentioned by paletteone in his posting above. The unicover/artworkoriginals site has a huge amount of original artwork which is listed by artist. At one time it also listed its inventory by category (aviation, ships, etc) but for some reason that option no longer seems to exist. Take some time to visit this site – it’s interesting just to browse through what they have.

I’m not sure why you’re not receiving responses when you write to Darryl Legg. Whenever I email him I instantly receive an autoresponse, but then I always receive a personal email from him within 24 hours. I’ll get in touch with him and and let him know that you’ve encountered problems.

Lastly, thanks for your support for this thread. It’s much appreciated!

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Early on in this thread I posted a link to a site that displayed a series of United Airlines prints created from paintings by Nixon Galloway. I’ve since learned that this link no longer connects to an active website. However, I have come across a new site dedicated to the United Airlines Nixon Galloway print series; here it is:

http://www.cappyscloset.com/8360.html

If anything this site provides a more comprehensive history of the Galloway prints than did the previous link. The site owner, Dom, is willing to share all he knows about the program and is always looking for additional information about its history.

As always, thanks for looking!

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


……..fuzzy

I’m a new member, signed up just yesterday. I was looking for information about Lucien Cave and examples of his work. The reason for my interest is that I have had one of his pieces for a long time but never knew what the subject airplane was or the artists name (I didn’t take the first letter to be an “L”). Anyway, on another aviation forum I posted a photo of the painting and got an ID on the aircraft and the artist’s name.

The aircraft is most likely a Northrop BT-2, the predecessor of the Douglas SBD-1 Dauntless. http://www.aero-web.org/specs/…../xbt-2.htm

I found this thread on Google and was looking at all of the great artwork when I saw Fuzzy’s post. I was shocked to see “my” Lucien Cave in his collection. After a couple of seconds and looking closer I could see they were actually two different pieces of the same subject.

I think this is pretty cool stuff. I wonder how there came to be two of these, was it a commission done for a Northrop ad? I could see where the artist might want to give the client a choice of background colors for his copy to reside on. Beyond that I don’t know why this subject deserved two efforts. It’s not a famous airplane and in fact it was only the prototype and one was built.

I don’t know if mine is an original or a print, I’ve never had it out of the frame. The photo I posted is cropped just inside the matting but I see no number under the signature. Maybe it’s an original?

I really need to stay away from places like this for fear of getting the collecting bug!

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Bill,

First of all, thanks for identifying the airplane! Great to finally know what it is.

Wow – those images are close! I had to take a good hard look for a while before I started noticing all the small differences. Could be two originals. Frank Wootton had a penchant for essentially doing the same painting over again and exploring some new aspect of it. Looks like Lucien Cave did it as well. A somewhat unusual practice. I doubt we’ll ever know the reasoning behind it.

Nice to see Guss’ thread again – it’s one of my favorites!

fuzzy

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The ID of this airplane has been bugging me for a long time. My attempts in the past came up empty but the guys on the biplaneforum got it right away. The other guess as to the ID was the Vought SB2U Vindicator. I think the BT-2 is a closer match.

It is interesting to see the window in the aft section of the fuselage. Neither the BT-2 nor the Vindicator have a window like this but the Northrop has what appears to be an access panel in that area. Makes me wonder what research material Mr. Cave used for these paintings. I have not seen any photos with this panel removed but if he had one he may have mistaken it for a window.

The other thing to mention is that the Northrop division that built this airplane was acquired by Douglas and any ads Northrop may have been preparing could have been tossed out by Douglas before they were submitted for publication. Of course this is just guesswork as to the reason for multiple paintings of this airplane. I’d love to know the real story………..Bill

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Bill,

Thanks for posting your Lucien Cave painting – it’s a beauty! What does it measure?

I’ve also seen multiple copies (or versions) of Lucien Cave’s work, and I still don’t know how that came to be. All of the paintings in my collection appear to be originals with respect to paint texture, etc, but I sometimes wonder if he had some type of method to reproduce his paintings. The bottom line though is that I enjoy his art work, and I’m grateful whenever I see a new one. If you come across more of his artwork, please share it with us!

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Guss,

It measures 18.5″ x 12.5″ inside the mat. I expect you would add at least an inch each way for what the mat covers. I need to take it out of the frame because the wood is covered by some sort of adhesive-backed covering which is now coming loose. At that point I will seek the wisdom of this board to determine if it is an original. I would think a print of this subject unlikely but who knows?

I took it off the wall today and found something I had forgotten about — a label with a bit of history;

It says “Vought Corsiar Trainer, Bought while at Pan-Am in the Mid Forties”

The aircraft ID is not correct (I wonder what a “Corsair Trainer” is??) but the painting was acquired in the mid forties by someone employed by Pam Am so it could have been bought almost anywhere in the world……….Bill

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January 29, 2012 - 9:25 pm
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Vey neat Bill! Having a least a bit of the provenance for a painting that is this old is great. Thanks also for sharing the dimensions of the painting. Now if we could only learn more about the artist himself….

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I haven’t posted in quite a while. Here are a few original paintings I’ve been able to add to my collection over the past few months.

A Douglas Devastator by Harry Jaffee, probably painted in the early forties. The visible part of the painting measures 11″ x 18″. Prints were made from many of Mr. Jaffee’s paintings.

Here are a few paintings by the late Charles Knotek. The image area is 11″ x 14″

A Sopwith Camel

A Spad

An Albatross

I have a few other new pieces that I’ll post during the next few weeks. As always, thanks for looking!

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February 4, 2012 - 9:33 am
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I like Charles Knotek’s work – a simple format but very appealing.

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Please correct his name to CHARLES Knotek. (Passed on in 2008, I believe)I knew Charlie, well on Long Island, decades ago, and kept in touch, when I moved South. He was very prolific and turning out a great deal of aviation art. His prices for prints were very modest and affordable, so they reached the hands of many young boys, with limited budgets…We sometimes helped each other at vendor tables back at EAA Oshkosh and also at the WWI aviation events held by GWAA back in the late 1990s. (I was selling my original WWI instruments and parts) I have a bunch of his original art, around here. Some of his WWI art (and some Dietz) was featured in full color, full pages, on the backs of the FIrst Warplanes Origanization quarterly glossy publications (only 4 issues were printed, I believe). Those magazines were printed with the unusual feature of DOUBLE covers, so the outer duplicate cover could be removed, and the art print, framed and hung. He also did some Great WWI aviation, brightly colored art for tee-shirts that included Zepelins and eagles etc. I have some of his old color transparencies of some of his original paintings, and will follow up with a post in a Knotek art section, soon.

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Corrected Barnstormer – thanks.

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That is really amazing piece of art work, keep it up.. i really love this thread.

Asim Jofa Collection

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August “Sonny” Schug is one of my favorite aviation artists, especially when it comes to model boxtop art. I was fortunate to be able to purchase a few of his paintings for several Monogram kits dating back to the early 1980’s.

Convair F-106 Delta Dart

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

North American F86 Sabrejet

Lockheed P-38 Lightning (not a boxtop painting).

Sonny Schug is still a very active artist, creating boxtop art for several model kit manufacturers as well as individual pieces.

Lastly, this is another piece by W.W. Shaw (there’s a Shaw painting of a PanAm 747 early in this string). It looks to be a commission piece that was done for a Navy pilot, but I can’t say for certain. I believe it’s a Lockheed – if anyone can identify the plane please let me know.


Thanks, as always, for checking this thread!

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February 9, 2012 - 1:26 am
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Those are cool! I’ve got that F-106 model. It was always a favorite box top of mine.

Interesting thing about those 3 Monogram box top paintings. I swear the original paintings have a number of subtle differences from the box tops. Look closely. I find most of the differences in the clouds. Check out the clouds that surround the F-106’s nose & pitot tube.

I wonder if they are slightly different paintings, or if there was some tweaking of the image for the boxtop?

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February 9, 2012 - 1:32 am
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I see exactly what you mean fuzzy – the clouds near the nose of the F-106 seem to be “softened” for the boxtop version. I’ll get in touch with Mr. Schug and see if he has any information about the process used to convert a painting to a boxtop.

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fuzzy – I was able to contact Sonny Schug about the variations between his original paintings and the final boxtop art and here’s what he wrote back:

“Yes, all kinds of things can happen to my artwork after it leaves me and before it gets printed! A lot of touch-up was/is done. Before computers it was airbrush! On the F/A-18 painting (note from Guss – not a painting shown above), they actually made the whole dark blue plane in the background about 30% smaller to fit in a larger logo. So the sky, etc. was patched and slightly changed!”

Mystery solved fuzzy (or should I say “eagle eye”!).

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