Painting a night scene presents the artist with an obvious challenge; how to show off the subject while still conveying "darkness." Koike has figured out a perfect compromise in this very chic portrayal of an Uhu at night that he painted in 1985. The somewhat unconventional deep blue tone and highlights on the clouds suggest a full moon just out of frame as this bird of prey searches for its kill. The Uhu was an extremely advanced aircraft for its day, but despite having a state-of-the-art search radar system and even ejection seats, Nazi politics kept production to just 300 examples.
This print is reproduced on heavy art board and sized identically to the original, measuring 400mm x 315mm (15.75 x 12.4 inches). It's offset-printed, and the color reproduction has been approved by Koike himself. The art board measures 625mm x 453mm (24.6 x 17.8 inches), leaving white borders around the image to give you the freedom to have it framed as you please. The prints are packed in a special sleeve inside a sturdy shipping box designed to prevent any bending while on their way to you (for this reason, they cannot be combined with other types of items for shipping, they will be shipped separately, even if ordered with other items).