Wood and Canvas

The WWI Aviation Art of Jim Dietz

One hundred years ago, the airplane came of age during the First World War, changing from a delicate vehicle for sportsman to an efficient war fighting machine.  The technology was new and the pilots were young, adventurous and brave.  High over the muddy hell of the trenches below, these pilots saw themselves as a new breed of knight, jousting for control of the sky. This exhibit featuring the paintings of Seattle artist Jim Dietz brings their stories to life. 

Wood and Canvas: The WWI Aviation Art of Jim Dietz, developed by Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, includes reproductions of Dietz’s vivid paintings of air combat, aviators and life at the front during the Great War. Each of the fine art prints blends Dietz’s mastery of details and storytelling. Together they immerse the viewer into the military aviator’s world, over a century ago, when war first took to the skies. 

Wood and Canvas: The WWI Aviation Art of Jim Dietz opens September 29, 2018 and is part of Lone Star Flight Museum’s commemoration of the Centennial of World War I’s ending.

After a successful illustration career in Los Angeles and New York producing work ranging from automobile ads, movie posters, and romantic and historical/action book covers, Dietz moved to Seattle in 1978. His work gradually shifted away from commercial illustration to historical aviation, automotive and military art. Today his work is internationally known and collected, and his style, with its emphasis on depth of story, is recognized by collectors of historical art.

Wood and Canvas: The WWI Aviation Art of Jim Dietz was developed by Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Photography © 2015 Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
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Schedule of Events

Dec. 8

Curator's Corner

1:30 pm

Jan. 2

Curator's Corner

1:30 pm

Feb. 9

Curator's Corner

1:30 pm

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