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