In the years following World War II, as normal passenger service resumed, the market for large passenger aircraft quickly became a face-off between the Douglas DC-4 and the Lockheed Constellation. "Everybody says the Connie is very attractive, but nobody says they think the DC-4 is beautiful," says Koike, with clear dissatisfaction. "In the DC-4, I get a sense of the good ol' dependable American era. The way its nose is scrunched vertically is charming and I think its got an honest beauty about it overall," he offers in support. His painting of the plane shows a beautiful Pan Am DC-4 "Clipper Racer" soaring over a sea of clouds, reflecting the white and blue.
This print is recreated using offset printing on heavy art stock identical to that used by Koike for his originals. It is printed at 100% of the size of the original artwork, and all color reproduction has been approved by Koike personally. Ships flat.
This is the original artwork, hand-painted by Shigeo Koike on heavy art board using acrylic paints. This original will go on sale sometime in mid 2011.