Jerry Crandall's special love of history, fascination for artifacts and
honest dedication to research, bring reality into each of his paintings. His
creations sparkle with clear realism, are painstakingly rendered, possess
underlying technical accuracy and strive for historical authenticity.
Crandall was born in La Junta, Colorado, near Bent's Fort on the Santa Fe
Trail. Because of his expertise on the American West, he served as Historical
Consultant for the early segments of the TV series CENTENNIAL and also for
the Charlton Heston movie THE MOUNTAIN MEN. A member of the Screen Actor's
Guild, Crandall enjoys working in the movies, recently appearing in the highly
acclaimed movie TOMBSTONE as well as several nationally televised commercials.
He worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company as an aviation artist; has
been a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows including the NBC
Sunday Show in Los Angeles twice, and the MIKE DOUGLAS TELEVISION SHOW. He
was a guest on the Navy Carrier USS Nimitz gathering first-hand knowledge
of modern-day Naval operations. Featured articles about the artist and his
work have appeared in many magazines: PRINTS, COLLECTORS MART, SOUTHWEST ART,
MAN AT ARMS, AIR CLASSICS, INTERNATIONAL AIR REVIEW, US ART, and THE CHALLENGE
AVIATION ART SERIES.
Listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART, THE INTERNATIONAL WHO'S WHO OF CONTEMPORARY
ACHlEVEMENT, and WHO'S WHO IN THE WEST, he is also listed in CONTEMPORARY
WESTERN ARTSTS. Too, his pieces can be found in many private as well as museum
collections such as the CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE, Midland TX; NATIONAL AIR AND
SPACE MUSEUM, DC; USAF MUSEUM DAYTON; NAVAL MUSEUM, Pensacola; MONINO AIR
MUSEUM, Moscow; and the HQ of the Italian Air Force. He is a member of ASAA,
The Luftwaffe Circle, The Luftwaffe Verband, IPMS, FRIEND of the AMERICAN
FIGHTER ACES, the 91st BOMB GROUP, THE GEMEINSCHAFT DER JAGDFLIEGER, among
In addition, he has amassed a rather large collection of rare photos of WWII
aircraft, personal interview tapes and videos with pilots and crew members,
actual aircraft parts and other aviation related memorabilia. This continual
research and catalog of documentation materials create the foundation for
his series of books on Luftwaffe color and markings. Each volume will feature
full color profile paintings, hundreds of rare period photographs and information
about the pilots and their machines.
There exists an excitement about his paintings which represents a culmination
of his study, research and knowledge gained from first hand accounts through
a multitude of interviews with those who were there. He is a true collector,
an intense historian and a talented artist; an electrifying union producing
thrilling, rich expressions of history, past and present.
Jerry Crandall S/N
Limited Edition Print "Wolfpack Leader Downs Five"
As his salute to the
56th Fighter group, historical artist Jerry Crandall has captured Col. David
Schilling in his P-47 “Hairless Joe” when he encountered over 100
bogeys 23 Dec. 1944. After multiple vectors, Schilling added 3 Bf 109s and 2
Fw 190s to his victory tally. This would be recognized as a record day not only
for Col. Schilling but for the group as well as they downed 37 E/A in an historic
air battle over Bonn, Germany.
Schilling assumed command
of the 56th after Col. Hub Zemke. He ended the war as a top ace with 22.5 aerial
and 10.5 ground victories. This highly respected leader was killed in a 1956
auto accident in England.
18 3/4" X 26 1/4" image size print, 22 5/8" X 29 1/4" overall,
limited to 950, is signed by the artist and co-signed by six leading 56th Fighter
Group Aces all now USAF (ret.); Col. Hubert “Hub” Zemke, Col. Francis
“Gabby” Gabreski, Lt. Gen. Gerald Johnson, Lt. Col. Roberts S. Johnson,
Col. Walker “Bud” Mahurin and Col. Frank Klibbe.
This print is also
available as an Artist Proof (limited to 56) - $295
All Limited Edition
prints are signed and numbered (S/N) by the artist. Limited Edition prints are
restricted to a certain number. For example, if 400 prints are made from an
original painting, once they’re gone, that’s it. There is no limit
to the number of open edition prints of a particular painting. That’s
why Limited Edition prints are more expensive — and more valuable to collectors
— than "open" edition. Rare objects are more valuable.
An Artist’s Proof
(AP), generally, is the first 5% - 10% of the Limited Edition prints that come
off the press. This status is noted on the print. Collectors prefer APs because
their value increases even more than a Limited Edition as time goes by.
Limited Edition artwork is subject to availability at time of order. Although
seller strives to remain currrent as to inventory, seller reserves the right
to cancel a sale if item is no longer available at time of purchase.