The Aviation Art of Robert Taylor


Ace of Aces
Ace of Aces

Signed by Erich Hartmann - $2000
Aces on the Western Front
Aces on the Western Front

giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795

After the Storm
Signed by the artist - $120



Against All Odds
Four submariner signatures - $520

Air Armada
Two pilot signatures - $320

Air Strike
One pilot signature - $175



Air Superiority
Four pilot signatures - $320
available with 12 pilot signatures
American Eagles
American Eagles
Three pilot signatures - $320
available framed with Yeager Signature

Angels Three Zero
One pilot signature - $195


A Time for Heroes
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with nine signatures


Bader Legend
Four pilot signatures - $320
Bader's Bus Company
Bader's Bus Company
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795



Band of Brothers
Four pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


The Battle for Britain
Six pilot signatures - $425
available with additional signatures

Battle of the Coral Sea
Ten signatures - $475


The Biff Boys
The Biff Boys
One pilot signature - $320
Bitter Engagement
Bitter Engagement
Two pilot signatures - $95

Bogeys! Eleven O'Clock High a/p
Eight pilot signatures - $520


Bold, Reckless and Supreme
Bold, Reckless and Supreme
Two pilot signatures - $130
Bomb Away!
Bomb Away!
Six signatures - $225
Breaking Cover
Breaking Cover
Three pilot signatures - $140


Bringing the Peacemaker Home
Bringing the Peacemaker Home
Four signatures - $520
Caught on the Surface
Caught on the Surface
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795
Chance Encounter
Chance Encounter
Five crew signatures - $275


Chennault's Flying Tigers
Chennault's Flying Tigers
Seven pilot signatures - $1095
Clipper Morning Star
Clipper Morning Star
Artist signed only - $320
Close Call
Close Call
Two pilot signatures - $150


Closing the Gap
Closing the Gap
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with ten signatures

Closing the Gap
Closing the Gap
Eleven pilot signatures - $895
conservation framed
Coming in Over the Estuary
Coming in Over the Estuary
Five pilot signatures - $320


Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam
Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam
Two signatures - $320
available with six signatures

Dambusters - Inbound to Target
Dambusters - Inbound to Target
Six signatures - $195
Last Moments of the Mohne Dam
The Dambusters
Last Moments of the Möhne Dam
Three signatures - $300
available with additional signatures


Dangerous Coast
Dangerous Coast
Three signatures - $215
available with ten signatures

Day Duties for the Night Workers
Day Duties for the Night Workers
Three signatures - $95
available with additional signatures
D-Day The Airborne Assault
D-Day The Airborne Assault
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $765


D-Day Drop
D-Day Drop
Two Airborne signatures - $150
Defence of the Realm
Defence of the Realm
One pilot signature - $320
Desert Hawks
Desert Hawks
Four pilot signatures - $320


Doolittle's D-Day
Doolittle's D-Day
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $765

Duel in the Dark
Duel in the Dark
Four crew signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Eagles Divide
Eagles Divide
Two pilot signatures - $95
available with additional signatures


Eagle Force
Eagle Force
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Eagles on the Channel Front
Eagles on the Channel Front
Five pilot signatures - $320
Eagles on the Rampage
Eagles on the Rampage
Ten pilot signatures - $320


Fastest Victory
Fastest Victory
One pilot sgnature - $195
Fighting Red Tails
Fighting Red Tails
Five pilot signatures - $320
Fighting Tigers
Fighting Tigers
Five AVG pilot signatures - $320


First of Many
First of Many
Four pilot signatures - $320
First Sighting
First Sighting
One pilot sgnature - $110
Flying Tigers
Flying Tigers - The Stuff of Legend
Four AVG pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


Front Line Hurricanes
Front Line Hurricanes
Six pilot signatures - $320
Fury of Assault
Fury of Assault
Five signatures - $320
The Gallant Ohio
The Gallant Ohio
Five pilot signatures - $320


Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm a/p
Four pilot signatures - $625
Greycap Leader
Greycap Leader a/p
Ten pilot signatures - $520
The Hard Way Home
The Hard Way Home
Four signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


Height and Sun
Height and Sun
Three pilot signatures - $195
Hellcat Fury
Hellcat Fury
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Hell Hawks Over Utah
Hell Hawks Over Utah
Two pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


High Cost
High Cost
Five crew signatures - $185
Hornchurch Scramble
Hornchurch Scramble
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Hostile Sky a/p
Hostile Sky a/p
Four pilot signatures - $520


Hunters in the Desert
Hunters in the Desert a/p
Four pilot signatures - $520
Into the Teeth of the Wind
Into the Teeth of the Wind
Five signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Into the Teeth of the Wind - pencil
Into the Teeth of the Wind - pencil
Five signatures - $175


Jet Hunters
Jet Hunters
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures

JG-52
JG-52
Signed by Günther Rall - $95
JG-52
JG-52
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795


Knight's Move
Knight's Move
Four signatures - $320
available with additional signatures

Lancaster V.C.
Lancaster V.C.
Two signatures - $225
Late Arrival
Late Arrival
Six Hurricane pilot signatures - $175


The Legend of Colin Kelly
The Legend of Colin Kelly
Three signatures - $320
includes companion print

The Long Short Days
The Long Short Days
Two pilot signatures - $295
available with nine signatures
Marauder Mission
Marauder Mission
Three pilot signatures - $275
available with six signatures


Midwinter Dawn
Midwinter Dawn
Five Spitfire pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Milne Bay
Milne Bay
Two pilot signatures - $260
available with additional signatures
Mission Beyond Darkness
Mission Beyond Darkness
Four signatures - $320


Morning Thunder
Morning Thunder
Eight Pearl Harbor veteran signatures - $320
Most Memorable Day
Most Memorable Day
Four pilot signatures - $595
Mustangs on the Prowl
Mustangs on the Prowl

giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795


Mustangs on the Prowl
Mustangs on the Prowl

paper print
Three pilot signatures- $850

Night Intruder
Night Intruder
One pilot signature - $100
Normandy Nemesis
Normandy Nemesis
Two pilot signatures & Vol. VI book - $235


No Turning Back
No Turning Back
Four pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures

One MiG Down
One MiG Down
Twenty six pilot signatures - $320
Open Assault
Open Assault
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


Opening Sky
Opening Sky
Three pilot signatures - $195
Operation Chastise
Operation Chastise
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795
Out of Fuel and Safely Home
Out of Fuel and Safely Home
Five pilot signatures - $320


Out of the Night
Out of the Night
Two signatures - $135
available with additional signatures

Phantom Fury
Phantom Fury
Two signatures - $320
Puttalam Elephants
Puttalam Elephants
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


Rabaul - Fly for Your Life
Rabaul - Fly for Your Life
Two pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures

Ramrod
Ramrod
One pilot signature - $110
Red Arrows
Red Arrows
One pilot signature - $80


The Road to the Rhine
The Road to the Rhine
Three signatures - $320
available with additional signatures

Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder a/p
Four pilot signatures - $520
Running the Gauntlet
Running the Gauntlet
Four pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


Russian Roulette
Russian Roulette
Six pilot signatures - $320
Savage Skies
Savage Skies
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Schweinfurt - The Second Mission
Schweinfurt - The Second Mission
Three pilot signatures - $320


Sea Fury
Sea Fury
One pilot signature - $100

Skipper Comes Home
Skipper Comes Home
Four pilot signatures - $320
Sky Giant
Sky Giant
One pilot signature - $320


Special Duties
Special Duties
Seven signatures - $320
Spitfires Over St. Michael's Mount
Spitfires Over St. Michael's Mount
Three pilot signatures - $195
Steinhoff Tribute
Steinhoff Tribute
One pilot signature - $550


Strike and Return
Strike and Return
Four pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures

Strike and Strike Again
Strike and Strike Again
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Stuka
Stuka
Four pilot signatures - $520


Tangmere Wing
Tangmere Wing
Signed by Douglas Bader - $1800
Target Bearing 270
Target Bearing 270°
Four signatures - $320
They Landed by Moonlight
They Landed by Moonlight
Five signatures - $320


Thunderbolt Strike
Thunderbolt Strike
Three pilot signatures - $265
Thunderheads Over Ridgewell
Thunderheads Over Ridgewell
Three signatures - $425
Tommy Leader
Tommy Leader
Three pilot signatures - $215


Top Dog
Top Dog
Five signatures - $150
Toward Night's Darkness
Toward Night's Darkness
Five signatures - $215
available with additional signatures
Undaunted by Odds
Undaunted by Odds
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures


Valiant Response
Valiant Response
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
Valor in the Pacific
Valor in the Pacific
Six signatures - $320
Viper Venom
Viper Venom
Two pilot signatures - $320


Vital Support
Vital Support
Ten signatures - $190
Wellington
Wellington
One pilot signature - $125
Where Eagles Gathered
Where Eagles Gathered
Two pilot signatures & Vol. VI book - $235


Wide Horizons
Wide Horizons
Artist signed - $175
Wings of Glory
Wings of Glory
Four pilot signatures - $275
Winter Homecoming
Winter Homecoming
giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $595


Winter's Welcome
Winter's Welcome

giclée on canvas
Signed by the artist - $795

The Wolfpack
The Wolfpack
Three pilot signatures - $320
available with additional signatures
 




Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor

The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularise a genre which atthe start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he
burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike . He became an instant success.
As a boy, Robert seemed always to have a pencil in his hand. Aware of his natural gift from an early age, he never considered a career beyond art, and with unwavering focus, set out to achieve his goal. Leaving school at fifteen, he has never worked outside the world of art. After two years
at the Bath School of Art he landed a job as an apprentice picture framer with an art gallery in Bath, the city where Robert has lived and worked all his life. Already competent with water-colours the young apprentice took every opportunity to study the works of other artists and, after trying his hand at oils, quickly determined he could paint to the same standard as much of the art it was his job to frame. Soon the gallery was selling his paintings, and the owner, recognising Robert's talent, promoted him to the busy picture-restoring department. Here, he repaired and restored all manner of paintings and drawings, the expertise he developed becoming the foundation of his career as a professional artist. Picture restoration is an exacting skill, requiring the ability to emulate the techniques of other painters so as to render the damaged area of the work undetectable. After a decade of diligent application, Robert became one of the most capable picture restorers outside London. Today he attributes his versatility to the years he spent painstakingly working on the paintings of others artists.

After fifteen years at the gallery, by chance he was introduced to Pat Barnard, whose military publishing business happened also to be located in the city of Bath. When offered the chance to become a full-time painter, Robert leapt at the opportunity. Within a few months of becoming a
professional artist, he saw his first works in print. The Military Gallery has published every print reproduced from Robert's paintings ever since.
Robert's early career was devoted to maritime paintings, and he achieved early success with his prints of naval subjects, one of his admirers being Lord Louis Mountbatten. He exhibited successfully at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and soon his popularity attracted
the attention of the media. Following a major feature on his work in a leading national daily newspaper he was invited to appear in a BBC Television programme. This led to a string of commissions for the Fleet Air Arm Museum who, understandably, wanted aircraft in their
maritime paintings. It was the start of Robert's career as an aviation artist.
Fascinated since childhood by the big, powerful machines that man has invented, switching from one type of 'hardware' to another has never troubled him. Being an artist of the 'old school', Robert tackled the subject of painting aircraft with the same gusto as with his large,
action-packed maritime pictures - big compositions supported by powerful and dramatic skies, painted on large canvases. It was a formula new to the aviation art genre, at the time not used to such sweeping canvases, but one that came naturally to an artist whose approach appeared to
have origins in an earlier classical period.

Robert's aviation paintings are instantly recognisable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed
realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with
dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real!
Robert's aviation works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early 1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe. His one-man exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC was hailed
as the most popular art exhibition ever held there. His paintings hang in many of the world's great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world. A family man with strong Christian values, Robert devotes most of what little spare time he has to his home life. Married to Mary for thirty five years, they have five children, all now grown up.
Neither fame nor fortune has turned his head. He is the same easy-going, gentle character he was when setting out on his painting career all those years ago, but now with a confidence that comes with the knowledge that he has mastered his profession.



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