Monday, February 27, 2006

Nicolas Trudgian paintings

As promised I've put together a nice entry about Nicolas Trudgian and his paintings.

After graduating from Falmouth College of Art in Cornwall where he specialisied in technical illustration and paintings of machines and vehicles for industry, Nicolas trudgian pursued a career as a professional illustrator but soon turned to fine art and in particular, military aviation art and Steam engines. After three years of formal training in this area of painting he became a teacher of the subject and after several years of teaching he turned to painting full time.

In the summer 1985 Nick moved away from Cornwall to join an energetic new design studio in Wiltshire. Here he painted detailed artwork for many major companies including Rolls Royce, General Motors, Volvo Trucks, Alfa Romeo and, to his delight, the aviation and defence industries.

He is a fine landscape artist and paints in the time honored tradition which shows in his aviation art. You only have to study his work briefly to see his paintings have tremendous impact and detail. He is particularly adept within military aviation art and this is where his most popular paintings can be found.

His crisp style of realism, attention to detail, compositional skills and bright use of colours have found favour with collectors all over the world and demand for his original work has soared in recent years.

In a recent independent poll Nicolas Trudgian was ranked in the top three military aviation artists in the world. Today the popularity and quality of his limited edition military aviation art is so widely recognized that he has built a following of loyal collectors from all around the world

Here are some of my favourite Nicolas Trudgian paintings

Victory Over Gold

Frustrated by the absence of Luftwaffe aircraft over the Normandy beaches on D-Day, Allied fighter pilots were spoiling for a fight. When a dozen JU88s appeared over Gold Beach on the following morning, June 7, 1944, the patrolling Spitfires of 401 Squadron wasted no time in getting into the fray

Kursk - Clash of Steel

In July 1943 two huge armies clashed on the rolling steppes around the town of Kursk, 300 miles south of Moscow.
The Germans had launched Operation 'Citadel' to try and regain the initiative on the Eastern Front. It was to be an encounter of epic proportions - the largest tank battle in history

Head to Head

A spitfire despatching the enemy Me109 aircraft to notch up his second victory of the day. 602's tally amounted to 13 aircraft destroyed without loss.

Invasion Force

Almost every major invasion that took place in Europe in World War II began with para drops, and in almost every case the C-47 was the aircraft that delivered these elite fighting troops. Few C-47 pilots had more combat experience than Sid Harwell, seen flying his Dakota in this typical action scene, dropping airborne troops into occupied Europe soon after D-Day. No matter what resistance he encountered, the good C-47 pilot put his aircraft right over the Dropping Zone, every time.

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