Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art
VIRGINIA IVANICKI-STRELL

Virginia Ivanicki-Strell
Air-Plane-Era
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July 2 - 19, 2008 - opening reception: Thur. July 3rd 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven:  Lightning
The Architects of Heaven: Lightning
60 x 40 Inches  
oil on canvas
$6,000 

(P38 Lightnings)



'The Architects of Heaven' series was so named after reading the lines 'Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage - these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived. Without them, laboring humanity would perish' - from 'As a Man Thinketh' by James Allen.

Though the above lines referred to the artist directly, I felt they also applied to the pilots and their crews who lost their lives in WWII, having made the world a better place and without whom, 'laboring humanity would perish.' With such courage, daring and integrity, at impossibly young ages, I felt their essence to be somewhat indelible that there must be another dimension, an afterlife perhaps, where they still flew and the lost buildings still stood somewhat tattered, gritty and worn, but continuing on with all that could not be destroyed. I created the series to honour these men and their machines and to envision a place where they will always exist. It is irony that man's creation of the most amazing machine one that could fly could also destroy and be destroyed.

I had already been attracted to WWII warplanes and began painting images of them many years before; the first in 1984, a Spitfire flying low over an airfield. And then later, completed on the 60th anniversary of D-Day, 'Alley Marauder', a B-26 Marauder with D-Day stripes flying daringly and impossibly through an alley between buildings.

I was intrigued with the old buildings that were reminiscent of all the haunting shelled and bombed structures left after the war. The peeling layers of ruin are indicative of the eras of humanity who passed through their walls, each adding paint, wallpaper and plaster. As such, they stand for many people, many times. They take their place in the afterlife like a discarded cocoon where something has lived and moved on to a new metamorphosis.


Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Blitz
The Architects of Heaven: Blitz
48 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,600 

(Defiant)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Displaced Persons
The Architects of Heaven: Displaced Persons
48 x 48 Inches  
oil on canvas
$5,800 

(P61 Black Widows)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Tomahawk
The Architects of Heaven: Tomahawk
48 x 30 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,900 

(Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk, Flying Tiger paint scheme - aka Warhawk or Kittyhawk)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Black Cat
The Architects of Heaven: Black Cat
30 x 48 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,900 

(black plane is a PBY Catalina, white plane is a Consolidated PBY 5A Catalina)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Black Widow
The Architects of Heaven: Black Widow
48 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,600 

(P61 Black Widow)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Acrobats
The Architects of Heaven: Acrobats
48 x 10 Inches  
oil on canvas
$2,600 

(top plane is a P51D Mustang, middle plane is a Spitfire MK22, bottom plane is a P51D Mustang which flew with the 361st Squadron, France 1944.



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Incredibly High
The Architects of Heaven: Incredibly High
18 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,800 

(B17's)

Painting will be on display at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum May 11- Sept.25, 2009.



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Sea Monster
The Architects of Heaven: Sea Monster
60 x 40 Inches  
oil on canvas
$6,000 

(Martin Mars)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Altitude
The Architects of Heaven: Altitude
48 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,600 

(plane is a P51A, instrument panel is from a Harvard)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Corsairs
The Architects of Heaven: Corsairs
40 x 30 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,300 

(Corsairs)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Pearl
The Architects of Heaven: Pearl
24 x 48 Inches  
oil on canvas
$3,600 

(planes from left to right side of canvas; B17E, B17C, P40 - Hickam airfield hangar, Battleship Row at Ford Island, Oahu Hawaii)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Trio
The Architects of Heaven: Trio
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(Mosquito TIII)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of  Heaven: Row on Row
The Architects of Heaven: Row on Row
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(B17's)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Hellcat in Ground Light
The Architects of Heaven: Hellcat in Ground Light
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(F6F-5 Hellcat)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Eternal Partners
The Architects of Heaven: Eternal Partners
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(plane on the left is a Mosquito PR Mk XVI, plane on the right is an FM2 Wildcat)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Aftermath
The Architects of Heaven: Aftermath
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(B17)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Camouflage
The Architects of Heaven: Camouflage
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(top plane is a P51 Mustang MK IV, bottom plane is a P51 Mustang MkI)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Across Time
The Architects of Heaven: Across Time
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
$950 

(Spitfires)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Filton
The Architects of Heaven: Filton
16 x 20 Inches  
oil on canvas
$1,500 

(Bristol Beaufighter)  



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: School's Out
The Architects of Heaven: School's Out
18 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 

(Spitfires)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Harvard
The Architects of Heaven: Harvard
24 x 30 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 

(Harvards)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - Rainfields of Home (diptych)
Rainfields of Home (diptych)
48 x 60 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 

(B17)
each panel is 24" x 60"



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Above the Radar
The Architects of Heaven: Above the Radar
10 x 10 Inches  
oil on panel
Sold 

(Handley Page Halifax)



Virginia Ivanicki-Strell - The Architects of Heaven: Argentan
The Architects of Heaven: Argentan
20 x 24 Inches  
oil on canvas
Sold 

(Spitfires from No. 19 Squadron)

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