Struggle Home to U-Tapao accepted into ASAA Forum 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My painting depicting "Lilac 03", B52D stationed at U-Tapao in 1972 during a Operation Linebacker has been accepted into this years ASAA forum in San Diego. As always it is an honor to be selected in with the nations top artists. A good group and wonderful people, and I look forward to the gathering this May.


Recent drawings

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


In the course if an artists career there is the realization that one needs to expand and diversify to not only continue learning their craft but to have a better well rounded sense of the world around us.
So these two pieces are an effort to not only take a break from aviation but to hone my skills. Always learning and continue to learn something new every day.

The latest are a charcoal drawing on toned paper and a small oil sketch of a friends daughter whom I will use in an upcoming painting for a competition in April. The oil sketch in not finished and in progress.



Metalography technology coming in 2014

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Coming to select pieces this year will be Metalography, which is high tech printing on a primed metal surface. Called Deism, it is basically reverse pad printing on the metal which has a brilliant modern look to any art work or photo. The depth and clarity is really something to see, and we will offer these beginning with the Ben Drew piece, "Shooting Swallows" early in 2014.

Look for a list of selected pieces within the next month.
Happy Holidays to everyone!! Have a great and safe and healthy 2014!

Bateman Galleries

Gunther Rall mixed media drawing

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Just finished up this latest mixed media drawing of Gunther Rall when he was based in Russia in mid 1943 before his 250th victory and his promotion to major, a title he held until the wars end.

This drawing was based off of the Tuskegee pilot that I completed a year ago and as the holidays appear I thought this might be something of interest to the ardent luftwaffe fan, especially one of Rall, the world's third leading ace with 275 confirmed victories.


Media used includes pencil, colored pencil, and acrylic paint. Unframed size is 8 1/2" x 15 1/2". Background is all white and not sure why the gradation is present at the bottom in the jpg. At press time this is available with options:

Unframed drawing $175.
Framed with matte $325.
Framed with matte, authentic cut Rall signature and authentic Luftwaffe eagle - $425

A Proud Marine

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Over the past year I have been asked to do commissions for those who served our country. One of those pieces which turned out well was for a close friend of mine that his moms father, his grandfather, served with the Marines in the Pacific during WWII. He asked for a pencil rendering of his grandfather for a gift which he would liked framed and used as part of a tribute to him. I gladly accepted and enjoyed doing the research, drawing, and presenting the final piece to the client. 


He told me that it was a success and sent over a picture of the finished tribute piece on the wall.
Thanks David! Semper Fi.

Brian

Hartmann discovered aircraft with Black Tulip


This photgraph is interesting in many ways and if legitimate casts a light on Luftwaffe 352 ace Erich Hartmann and one of his last 109s. It has been said that there is most likely no possible way that Hartmann would have had the black tulip design on his aircraft at this stage of the war with the Western and Eastern fronts closing in from all sides. The primary concern was with the advancing Russians whom Hartmann was primarily fighting against at this stage of the war. Historians, experts, and scholars mostly agree with this assessment that the design would probably not have been on the aircraft and up until now there was no photographic evidence in existence... ah, but wait.....
Then a photo emerges from a private collection and the gentleman realizes what he has found.
The photos shows that the 109G10 has the design with the black tulip on the nose. Is this a legitimate photograph? Some say that it is photoshopped and doctored. Others stick with their expert opinion that this is not possible. Why not? Nothing bothers me more than the so called experts that denounce or degrade anything that may place their reputaion or previous statements on the line affecting credibility. I have been studying the Luftwaffe for over 30 years now, and with the new evidence coming to the public and information being found we need to keep an open mind about the possibility of this and other myths and legends becoming front and center and perhaps cleared up. Now, I do not claim to be an expert, and I would never claim this. I do what I do for the love of history and art, and will let others converse while I create my art in the confines of my studio. But...
This is an interesting photo though if found to be legitimate. I have enclosed the photo and a rendering by well known artist Anders Hjorstberg of the aircraft believed to be flown by Hartmann. It is also believed that Hartmann flew a K4 at the end of the war but to date no substantial proof has been found on this. 
Some 70 plus years after the end of the Second World War we find ourselves still fascinated and searching for facts, in my case pertaining to the Luftwaffe in particular, once the world's most elite air force. 
Keep finding new photos in attics and personal collections and lets keep the discoveries coming!
Blue skies!
Brian

Upcoming work

Friday, July 19, 2013

In the studio we have a back log of work that needs tending to. I have remarques due, two commissions due to a client that has the patient of a saint, a mini commission and various pencil pieces that need attention. Plus updating the web site and this blog!! :)

So, with a bit of luck from the Lord with the Mrs and her stable recovery moving in the right direction I will be a busy man once I can fully get back to the work!  More updates as I progress, so please check back in.

Shown is a rough concept sketch of a piece that will be in the works later this year regarding the 190 Dora's of JV44! Love this plane!! We have the pilots being briefed for the day as the war draws to its inevitable conclusion. Yet these men continue to fight against overwhelming odds to protect the jets and do their duty...


Brian

Eisenberg Collection and recent FL trip

I apologize for the lack of updates regarding my blog of late. There has been much going on, some personal issues with the Mrs. and her health, and some travelling that we had been doing the first half of the year to Europe. Keeping our personal life personal I will not go much into the issues, but we were set back with the severity of our situation. She will be fine over time, but life teaches you lessons and sometimes in a harsh way. Long story short thank you for dropping in to check with what has been going on with my work, and  I will make it a priority to better keep you informed on up and coming projects that are in the studio!

Back in April I was lucky enough to be asked to participate in a meeting in north Miami. While there we were invited to go meet Eugene Eisenberg, talk with him about his passion for collecting original art, and best of all were able to be invited into his penthouse to see all his original Robert Taylor/Nick Trudgian/Gil Cohen along with various others work! Just amazing! What a collection, and let me say that the RT prints that are put out there from MG look nothing like the originals! With the well known Military Gallery practice of placing the infamous pink cloud touch on just about everything, once one views the original art the visual stimulation, glow, and detail in each of these beauties are beyond words! It is now clear in my mind as to why Robert Taylor is the world's best, as these pieces are just crazy good! A professional in the truest form. The man can flat out paint! Period!

A couple of pictures of Gene's collection. Every inch of every wall in this house has either a painting, print, or drawing on it, not to mention the fabulous view. Even the bathrooms and kitchen have artwork!! Eclectic yet stunning to see all these paintings in one large area and we were honored to have been asked to share the day with Gene and his most generous hospitality, view the paintings, and see what is coming up and in the works. An amazing man with quite a collection...

Gene's View
Reviewing the paintings in the main room
Another view, north side, main room.
!!

New Release of P-47 Pisanos print!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

In time for the holidays is a new print release featuring the P-47 flown by Steve "Spiro" Pisanos. This exciting new print release by aviation artist Brian Bateman depicts the P-47D at its absolute best - strafing and wreaking havoc on ground targets - in this case a German BR52 locomotive having stopped at small clearing in northern France in early 1944.

Affectionately called the “Jug” by pilots because of its massive size and weight for a fighter, depicted we see Col. Steve “Spiros” Pisanos (ret), 334 FS 4th FG, as he and his wingman make there initial pass firing at tree top level as they wreak havoc on the supply train. Strafing targets of opportunity was exhilarating yet an extremely dangerous business, which Steve pointed out to me during  the creation of this piece. He stated that from his RAF training days after the initial run you never pulled up but stayed as low as possible until safe to gain altitude, making yourself less of a target to flak gunners as you make your strafing run. 

Original sold. Retail price is $95.00 plus shipping and handling. Print size is 14' x 20", a smaller size for those with less wall space. Shown is a picture of the actual print. For more information call me @ 1-760-331-3944, reply via e-mail, or go to www.brianbatemanavart.com.



Brian

Latest Mini painting- "Dawn Cats"

Tuesday, October 09, 2012


My latest small painting is an 11" x 14" oil on panel board featuring F6F-5 Hellcats of the USS cabot on an early morning sortie in early 1945. Searching for the Japanese positions as the day begins, the men have time to enjoy the warm humid air as they fly into the brilliance of another Pacific sky.
Available for purchase either framed or unframed. Buyer pays shipping cost. See me for details on pricing. Quite affordable so please ask!

Blue skies!

Brian

Pacific Theatre - James Tapp P-51D

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Latest pencil and the first of my new "Signature Series" has James Tapp of the 78th FS, 15th FG based on Iwo Jima in mid 1945. Depicted is Tapp as he and his wingman race at high speed through two N1K "Georges" over Japan during a VLR mission. Tapp scored hits on the engine and left wing of one of the Georges, breaking off the Shiden-Kais wing after the pass with it going down. Tapp wnet on to score a total of 8 confirmed kills and was one of the leading aces of the 15 AF.

Available for sale and comes with a cut signature of Jim Tapp. A must have for Pacific enthusiasts!!
More to come in this series. Please check back in for more details on who I will be depicting within the USAF and Luftwaffe.

Thanks for looking!

Brian

Spec drawing for major publisher

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Recently I did a figure drawing looking at the series of books that Osprey Publishing puts out. These books are really well done and a few of my acquaintances have been lucky enough to partake in their many subjects. Thinking that some of the figure work could use something different I rendered a Tuskegee pilot from late 1944. This was done with colored pencil and acrylic and was sent off to Osprey for consideration.
Well, unfortunately they said they were going to stick with what they currently have. Although I disagree with some of the artwork that they feel is their "standard",  I suppose one moves on to other publishers in the search for work.  Now who is their competition?? Nothing more gratifying than succeeding with a style from a previous turn down.



It was fun doing this one though. I will just choose other companies and see where this type of work goes.

Book pencil drawing




I recently have done this little pencil drawing of Urban "Ben" Drew's P-51D Mustang "Detroit Miss" for a friend who built a model for Ben of his crate. Recent photo of Ben above who is now 88 years old. This along with a CD of Ben's story which by the way is really great story telling from Ben in a way only he could tell it! Still many available @$25 so visit this blog a few pages back or contact me via www.brianbatemanvaart.com.

Steve Pisanos Ace Series Pencils - New!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Here we have 4 pencils done a few weeks ago for Cranston Fine Arts. Please remember that I am available for commissions on any drawing at any size and I have many price points for ones budget.

Anyway, back to the meat and potatoes. The first 4 in the series depict Steve's first kills which involved the P-47. Plus I could not resist having him flying his beloved Spitfire during his time with the vaunted "Eagle Squadron".



Comanche!! New Mini work

I have done my next mini and wanted to do a helicopter as my wife likes these babies and after searching for my favorite I decided upon the awesome Comanche!! What a kite this is- stealth and powerful and loaded with festivities for the party!!
Overall size is done on an 8"x10" panel board with frame included.A nice little piece for those out there who are into the chopper war! This was done fairly loose yet controlled as I try to focus more o the painting aspect without losing detail on the main subject.



Oil on panel board. Available for sale @$150. Please e-mail me for details if interested. Buyer pays shipping.

Luftwaffe Night Fighter Ace Peter Spoden-New Work!

Forgive me! I have been nice and busy with many projects that I am or have been working on. I will try to be better about  blog updates but please remember that my main page now is www.brianbatmanavart.com. Please bookmark it and visit periodically.

Here are some of the latest pieces, one a commission and one for many recent art shows that i have been participating in trying to build my brand recognition and name.

First up is a piece which was a commission for my friend and client Ken Jarvis across the pond. His description of what he was looking for in his descriptive brief was a piece done regardingPeter Spoden's first kill during the Peenumunde raids. Using Google Earth I could use the terrain around the area and get a pretty good feel of the coast in and above that area. I chose an area a bit northwest from the actual  raid site per the description in Spoden's book and that actual RAF logs of losses that night including valuable resources available online where the Lancaster hit the ground. Google Earth is priceless as a reference tool as it gives the artist a good representation of terrain and I have used this on my past three paintings along with other references that are around during my historical searching.
Here is the final drawing sent to Ken and his photo of how he will frame it. This is going to look great once framed and finished! Thank you Mr. Kenny Jarvis!

In the collection of Ken Jarvis







"Because of Who I am"

Monday, April 16, 2012


I have finished up a painting recently that has family ties to history. During research of our family tree we found that there were a few of my relatives that lost their lives during this horrible time in world history. In honor of them, and for those many millions who also perished, I have done this painting entitled "Because of who I Am'. This is done from a photograph kept at the Holocaust Museum in Auschwitz. Manny of these photos were taken as they came in and lost their freedom. Men, women, and children. They were, at the time, being fed and just beginning the long horror that awaited them.
Oil on canvas.

I will be framing this piece with a rusted piece of barbed wire on the lower quarter and will post this once it is finished.

New website release and address

We have now released our new website and it is now live. Please log on to www.brianbatemanavart.com and review the site. Please bookmark the page and visit frequently!


Thank you.
Brian

Two new pencil drawings

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Eyes of the Eighth"
Recon Spitfire above the clouds over Germany. 7 1/2" x 12".
$65

Two recent pencils finished up this week. Both available for sale Please contact me for more information.

"Bugs in a Lamp shade"
Freidrich Karl Mullers Me-109G-14 sneaks
up from underneath on an unsuspecting
RAF Lancaster illuminated by fires and searchlights from the ground.
Includes a cut signature of Hajo Herrmann. 16" x 26"  $175



Ken Taylor/Pearl Harbor action

Thursday, January 26, 2012





This is a 9" x 12" oil sketch on canvas of Ken Taylor and his action on Dec 7th, 1941 depicting Taylor as he locates and dives into a formation of Vals heading towards the already battered fleet in Pearl Harbor on that fateful morning of December 7th.

Ken Taylor and George Welch took off from isolated Haleiwa airfield in western Oahu to take on and shoot down a number of Japanese aircraft. Ken was slightly wounded during the action, with George helping save Ken from being possibly shot down during the scuffle with Welch covering his tail. Both pilots claimed to have shot down 3 each. This is considered by many to be the first action of the US in WWII. The AVG were in service before the attack and had a number of volunteer American pilots fighting the Japanese, but technically the US was not at war and therefore this claim may be made.

In the collection of Cranston Fine Arts.