The growing popularity of aviation art has brought
before the public eye the works of a number of professional aviation artists.
Among these one artist stands out for his unique approach to this genre. "The
people, settings, and costumes are what make aviation history exciting and
romantic to me." It is this feeling that makes James Dietz, and his artwork,
so different from that of his contemporaries. Rather than simply illustrate
aviation hardware, Dietz prefers to portray human involvement.
After graduation from Art Center College
of Design in 1969, Jim began a successful career as a commercial illustrator
in Los Angeles. The subject matter varied from automobiles to action scenes
to romantic book covers. A steady flow of work from New York enabled the Dietz'
to move to Seattle in 1978. It was at this time that he took his first concrete
steps toward fulfilling his dream to specialize in aviation art, at that time
an almost unheard of genre. Since then, aviation art has played an increasingly
large part in his career. Jim Dietz's clients include Boeing, Bell Helicopter,
Allison, and Flying Tigers, to name just a few.
Jim has also branched out into the fine
arts field with his aviation art. A strong following has developed for his originals
and a growing number of limited edition prints have introduced Jim's name to
print collectors worldwide. Four of Jim's originals were put on display in the
Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum commemorating the 75th Anniversary
of Naval Aviation; one of the paintings was presented by the Navy League to
then Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman. A regular contributor to the Air Force
Art Program, Jim's work has been featured on the cover of AIR FORCE magazine.
Jim Dietz has been honored with several
gold medals from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators and has won Best in
Show in three successive years in the EAA Aviation Art Show. In 1988, at the
second American Society of Aviation Artists forum, Jim was awarded the "People's
Choice Award" for his painting selected by forum attendees. Major showings
of Dietz's originals have recently been held at the EAA Museum and the San Diego
Air Museum. His work is found in a number of private and corporate collections.
James Dietz Signed
& Numbered Limited Edition Print "The Last Patrol"
Alongside their Iraqi
Security Forces partners, Soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team,
2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" conduct a dismounted patrol in the
streets of Western Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009-10. Spearheading
operations in Western Baghdad – an area often considered Iraq's "Center
of Gravity" during the final chapter of OIF, the brigade partnered with
the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions, 6th Brigade, 24th Federal Police Division
and local Iraqi Police and Sons of Iraq to secure the people of Iraq and ensure
a safe and secure March 7 National Election. Following a series of spectacular
attacks in Baghdad during the summer of 2009, the brigade set to work with its
Iraqi partners to train and develop new methodologies to identify, track and
eliminate the terrorist threat. The raiders established Joint Operations Centers
– demonstrating to Iraqi commanders the importance of command and control
and having a unified effort, created an Exploitation Task Force – which
incorporated proper evidence gathering techniques following a terrorist attack,
and introduced the routine usage of Explosive Detection Dogs to traffic control
points – a major accomplishment in a culture that greatly dislikes dogs.
These combined efforts crippled AQI's network and resulted in the arrest of
killing of several key terrorist leaders. Following these tremendous successes,
the brigade had the rare and historic opportunity to be the lst combat brigade
to leave Iraq after seven and a half years of war. In what became known as "The
Last Patrol" the Raiders completed their combat mission in Baghdad and
embarked on a 360 mile tactical road march to the Kuwaiti border, driving through
the night to close the final chapter of Operation Iraqi Freedom and begin Operation
New Dawn. "To The Objective!"
25" by 14.50" image size print, limited to 250, is signed by the artist.
This print is also
available as an Artist Proof (limited to 100) - $200
Limited Edition prints are signed and numbered (S/N) by the artist. Limited
Edition prints are restricted to a certain number. For example, if 400 prints
are made from an original painting, once they’re gone, that’s it.
There is no limit to the number of open edition prints of a particular painting.
That’s why Limited Edition prints are more expensive — and more
valuable to collectors — than "open" edition. Rare objects are
An Artist’s Proof
(AP), generally, is the first 5% - 10% of the Limited Edition prints that come
off the press. This status is noted on the print. Collectors prefer APs because
their value increases even more than a Limited Edition as time goes by.
Limited Edition artwork is subject to availability at time of order. Although
seller strives to remain currrent as to inventory, seller reserves the right
to cancel a sale if item is no longer available at time of purchase.