Koike again showcases his mastery of oceanscapes in this scene of two Fairey Barracudas flying low over the sea. The unique composition gives us two beautiful and contrasting view of the same unique airframe, as well as his trademark: spectacular, high-contrast lighting. The work on the underside of the farther plane is particularly stunning. The Barracuda was the first all-metal carrier attack plane in British service, and served two dozen squadrons in Fleet Air Arm from the mid 1940s until the 1950s. Unfortunately, not a single example of the plane remains in existence, making beautiful paintings like this all the more valuable for recalling the type.
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).