Koike does not often paint different types of aircraft in the same painting, and this is easily one of his most impressive multi-aircraft works. His ability to paint freely in the latter part of his career, without the constraints of a product box or client allowed him free composition here, and it really grabs the eye.
"Witchcraft," the B-24H in the background, is a particularly famous aircraft. Flying an astounding 130 missions, she never turned back due to mechanical issues, and never had a single crewman injured or killed before returning safely to the USA following the war. The use of drab colors here on both aircraft really gives the presentation a wartime feel.
This original painting is acrylic on heavy art board. The board measures 54cm x 39cm, and the painted area is approximately 49cm x 29cm.