Posted by Brian Bateman at 7:02 PM
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.
Posted by Brian Bateman at 2:43 PM
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
Posted by Brian Bateman at 11:59 AM
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.
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Posted by Brian Bateman at 10:10 PM
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...
Posted by Brian Bateman at 11:45 AM
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...
|Reviewing the paintings in the main room|
|Another view, north side, main room.|
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.
Posted by Brian Bateman at 12:25 PM
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!
Posted by Brian Bateman at 4:03 PM
Sunday, August 05, 2012
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!
Posted by Brian Bateman at 9:41 PM
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.
Posted by Brian Bateman at 9:20 PM
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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".
Posted by Brian Bateman at 12:26 PM
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.
Posted by Brian Bateman at 12:20 PM
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|
Posted by Brian Bateman at 12:14 PM
Monday, April 16, 2012
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.
Posted by Brian Bateman at 11:38 AM
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!
Posted by Brian Bateman at 11:31 AM
Thursday, February 23, 2012
|"Eyes of the Eighth"|
Recon Spitfire above the clouds over Germany. 7 1/2" x 12".
|"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
Posted by Brian Bateman at 1:31 PM
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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.
Posted by Brian Bateman at 12:46 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Well the painting is completed and this was a good push for me as it was one of the most complex compositions that I have done to date. Lots of details and areas interacting with one another to watch out for, and though overall I did fairly well, there are areas that I am not totally in love with but need to learn from this one and move on. Most folks probably would not see what I am referring to, but an artists' eye may.
This art is dedicated to Col. Steve Pisanos (ret.), and his days flying the P-47 over France in early 1944. To all those boys who never came home, and to those that did. Thank you!
Below are the quick pictures taken with my cheapie camera of the work with a few detailed pictures for those who like to see details. Professional photos will be done for future reference for my files.
Moving forward I have another German night fighter drawing, and a couple of small paintings to wrap up. Then on to another project that I have been asked t do.
Thank you for visiting and blue skies!
Posted by Brian Bateman at 2:02 PM