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Magnificient Aviation Fine Art Book and Much More
on January 1, 2006
This is simply a magnificent book. I own three dozen other aviation fine art books. If I could have only one of them on my shelf, it would be this one. I'll try to explain why.
The selection of over 150 subjects from the artist's vast portfolio is very satisfying. The book has many air combat paintings, 21 of his USPS postage stamps, and enough of the town of Phillip's Bay to make you feel at home there. There is great variety. The subjects include the very popular fighters & bombers of WWII, but there are many less-often-seen aviation subjects- military trainers, helicopters, jets, blimps, flying boats plus sailboats, lighthouses, trains, and a classic car or two. At the same time, there is a sense of harmony.
The layout and reproduction values are excellent. The size is the definative "aviation fine art coffee table book" format. This means that the page gutter rarely interferes with the reader's ability to enjoy the art.
The book has exceptional visual impact, but the appeal goes much deeper. Beyond the visual statements of the art itself, Bill Phillips has a lot to say. The Coopers' well-crafted text blends it all together -- the artist's biography, his thoughts and reflections, and the stories behind the paintings. When they are finished, they have drawn the reader in, and made the art much more personal.
This book will hold your attention and entertain you for a long time. I hope you get the chance to enjoy this book as much as I have.