Gil Cohen: Aviation Artist

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A celebration of the work of one of America's top aviation artists.

Many of the works of American artist and illustrator Gil Cohen can be found at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and the Pentagon, as well as in other important public and private collections. After spending decades as a respected illustrator for magazines and book publishers, Cohen chose to turn his attention to aviation and military themes....

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Overview

A celebration of the work of one of America's top aviation artists.

Many of the works of American artist and illustrator Gil Cohen can be found at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and the Pentagon, as well as in other important public and private collections. After spending decades as a respected illustrator for magazines and book publishers, Cohen chose to turn his attention to aviation and military themes.

His more recent paintings vividly depict the human aspects of America's wars, showing soldiers and aviators in battle and at rest. One of Cohen's recurring observations is that, unfortunately, some of humankind's most remarkable feats of engineering are often created for the purpose of war.

Cohen's paintings are collected worldwide, and his clients include the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard; Paramount Pictures; Random House; Holt, Rinehart
& Winston; Bantam Books; Harlequin Books; and Boeing-Sikorsky.

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Editorial Reviews

Flypast Magazine
Col. Donald J.M. Blakeselee penned the foreword to this book shortly before he died in September 2008. This is a mark of the regard in which Gil is held, not just in his native USA, but worldwide. This impressive homage to a great military artist comprises a collection of notes, rough sketches, immaculate pencil images, details from finished images and lots of wonderfully reproduced examples of his paintings, mostly in oil, but acrylics, pastel and charcoal also feature. The gestations of some of his most famous works - "After the Mission" remains an all-time classic for the reviewer - are revealed. This is a wonderful tribute.
Gift Books Feature
Gil Cohen's paintings are collected worldwide, and this book shows why. Although a professional illustrator for magazines since the 1950s, he admits aviation--from the flimsy biplanes of the First World War to the hulking aircraft that flew in supplies to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans--is his passion. Gil Cohen: Aviation Artists features paintings uncannily realistic paintings that not only show aircraft at their best but also the men and women who fly and service them. The Second World War paintings are superb, a real treat for history buffs.
Air and Space - Tom Crouch
All artists of this genre pride themselves on accurate depictions of flying machines in action, and Cohen is no exception. What sets him apart from other masters, however, is his focus on the human element.... At his best, Cohen brings history to life.... Cohen is a master illustrator. This is a volume that will find a place on my bookshelf.
Waterloo Region Record - Gavin Crutchley
Gil Cohen's life revolves around illustration and the graphic elements of life, especially as it relates to aircraft—and as one reads this book and learns a little about the U.S. artist it is easy to see why... This book is an unusual addition to the genre because it shows, through photographs, both the artist at work in his studio and the steps that Cohen takes to prepare his pieces.... As a result, this book is a good read for those who want to know more about the artistic process.
The Globe and Mail Gift Books Feature
Gil Cohen's paintings are collected worldwide, and this book shows why. Although a professional illustrator for magazines since the 1950s, he admits aviation--from the flimsy biplanes of the First World War to the hulking aircraft that flew in supplies to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans--is his passion. Gil Cohen: Aviation Artists features paintings uncannily realistic paintings that not only show aircraft at their best but also the men and women who fly and service them. The Second World War paintings are superb, a real treat for history buffs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550465129
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gil Cohen has received many national awards for his work, including the Franklin Mint Award and gold medals and Best of Show honors from the American Society of Aviation Artists. He is a member of the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Society of Aviation Artists. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Colonel Donald Blakeslee flew more combat missions against the Luftwaffe during World War II than any other American fighter pilot and was the most decorated pilot in that conflict.

Dan Patterson is a renowned aviation photographer and the coauthor of many aviation titles, including the landmark Aviation Century series. He was the first recipient of the Combs Award, presented by the National Aviation Hall of Fame to honor outstanding contributions to the photographic preservation of America's air and space heritage.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Moments in a Lifetime of Illustration and Aviation Art
A Portrait of the Artist
Putting It All Together

Mission Regensburg
Night of Nights
We Guide to Strike
Eyes of the Eighth
The Galleries
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
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Preface

Introduction

After a long career spanning five decades as an artist and illustrator, I am often asked about the process that I go through to create a painting. With that in mind, in addition to offering a gallery of finished paintings, I thought that it would be appropriate to devote a portion of this book to the creative process: the metamorphosis that begins with the nucleus of an idea, followed by sometimes painful trial-and-error compositional sketching and the completed painting.

I can honestly say that after all this time, creating art does not get any easier. I don't think of this as a negative aspect of the process. I believe that if the process gets too easy, a glib, hackneyed feeling can creep into the finished art. I once heard it said that, in terms of creativity, the journey is more important than the destination. In other words, the act of thinking, sketching and painting — all that an artist must go through to create a painting — is a learning sequence that is more important than the final result.

The type of artwork that I do can best be described as narrative art. It is representational in style and its content suggests some kind of scenario or the telling of a story. If the painting has been commissioned, the client will most likely have a subject matter and concept in mind. At other times, the idea is self-generated — a vision that originates within myself alone.

The paintings and drawings shown on these pages are reproduced as faithfully as current state-of-the-art book printing will allow, but tonal and color shifts are bound to occur. In cases where I have committed technical errors (and I have), I decided not to "correct" them by modern wonders such as Photoshop or any other means.

What I wish to convey in this book are my thoughts on picture-making and how I attempt to arrive at the most effective composition, including the use of tone, lighting and color in order to produce a work that captures the emotion of a specific moment in time.

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