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Craig Kodera - A MOMENT´S PEACE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          A MOMENT´S PEACE
by Craig Kodera

$150.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1250
Image Size: 22"w x 16 1/2"h.
Published: July 1990


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"To commemorate the 50th Anniversay of the Battle of Britain and to pay tribute to the brave men and women who saved Britain from its darkest hour, I painted 'A Moment's Peace.' In the painting, Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1s of 610 Squadron, County of Chester, are flying the first patrol of the day as the sun rises and breaks through from behind the cloud layer. The following words of an anonymous English RAF Flight Lieutenant best capture the tone of the times and the nature of those who put their lives on the line."

"Thinking now of those days, I find that what remains most clearly in my memory is not the sweating strain of the actual fighting, not the hurried meals, the creeping from bed at dawn, not even the loss of one's friends; but rather the stolen moments of peace in the middle of all this pandemonium - the heat haze lying lazily over the airfield while we sat munching a piece of grass, waiting to take off; that curiously lovely moment of twilight after the last Spitfire had landed, after the last engine had been switched off and before the first night fighter took to the air, the first searchlight split the darkness and the first wail of the siren was heard again - the moment when the evening lay spread out against the sky, giving for an instant a mocking glimpse of stillness and peace before night fell suddenly like a curtain and the whole hideous cacophony of war broke out afresh."


Craig Kodera
Aviation is this artistís living. Painting is a joy and a choice; not his career. Craig Kodera career is as an airline pilot, so each of his paintings reflect an intimate knowledge of how it feels to fly and what it looks like out the cockpit. "I paint what I see," he says,"and my office window is at 35,000 feet." An appreciation of aviation came easy, since Kodera was raised in what he terms an "aviation family," which included an uncle who flew with the famous Doolittle Raiders during World War II. At an age when most teens were trying to ace the driverís test, Kodera had earned his private pilotís license. A love of painting also came early. Kodera started seriously studying it at fourteen. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in mass communications and spent a year as a commercial artist before joining the Air Force Reserve, where he was assigned to the Air Rescue Service and then the Strategic Air Command. There his knowledge of air war history grew while he logged literally thousands of hours flying. Eventually Kodera left the service and joined American Airlines. When he isnít flying, heís usually painting. His artwork is part of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Air and Space Museum permanent collection and hangs in many museums. He is also the charter vice president of the American Society of Aviation Artists, a member of the Air Force Art Program and serves with the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators.

 

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