Aviation art is compelling to collectors and admirers because it embodies the experiences of aviation and flight. Aircraft are technically intriguing and sculptural. Aviation art also communicates social and historic dimensions to collectors and viewers.

The inspirational aspect of aviation art and the challenges involved in accurately capturing the complicated details of airplanes are also exciting to artists.

Aviation Artists

There are many great Aviation Artists including the likes of Robert Taylor (L), Keith Ferris, William Phillips, Nicolas Trudgian (R), James Dietz (B), Roy Grinnell, John Shaw, Heinz Krebs, Jim Laurier. Hopefully, you'll find inspiration in these artworks. Apologies to any artists if credits are missing, incomplete or in error. More information and details will be added over time.

Nose Art

Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of an aircraft, usually on the front fuselage. While begun for practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death.

Golden Era

Sometimes dubbed the Golden Age of Aviation, the period in the history of aviation between the end of World War I (1918) and the beginning of World War II (1939) was characterized by a progressive change from the slow wood-and-fabric biplanes of World War I to fast, streamlined metal monoplanes, creating a revolution in both commercial and military aviation.


Warbird is any vintage military aircraft now operated by civilian organizations and individuals or, in some instances, by historic arms of military forces, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAAF Museum Historic Flight and the South African Air Force Museum Historic Flight. Restored warbirds are a frequent attraction at airshows. Highly modified as well as "stock" warbirds can also frequently be seen at air races, since World War II-era fighters are among the fastest propeller-driven airplanes ever built. Some of the most popular warbirds for races are the North American P-51 Mustang, the Hawker Sea Fury, the Grumman F8F Bearcat and the North American T-6 Texan.

Graphic Aviation Art

The fine and applied arts of representation, decoration, and writing or printing on flat surfaces together with the techniques and crafts associated with them can describe the art of graphic aviation art. More and more digital art is now being produced by artists with the aid of computers and associated programs, e.g. CGI.

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