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Jim Bruce

Jim is a founding member of the CAAA. He is a prize winning artist whose works are in many private and public art collections. A number of his aviation art paintings are on permanent display at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa. His work has been awarded 1st prize in three ArtFlight competitions. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta he has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and currently resides in Baie d'Urfé, Québec. Jim has had a successful career as an illustrator with his designs being accepted for two coins minted by the Royal Canadian Mint and his artwork used in numerous publications including Reader's Digest. He also received a special commendation from Parks Canada for his artwork.

Katherine Stinson Curtiss Special - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Katherine Stinson Curtiss Special
by Jim Bruce

On July 9, 1918 in her custom-built biplane, Katherine Stinson, the fourth American woman to earn a pilot's license and famous as a barnstormer, flew the first air mail delivery in western Canada in a flight from Calgary to Edmonton, carrying a mail bag with 259 letters. On July 9, 2006, a re-enactment of Katherine Stinson's airmail delivery, the first cross-country flight in Alberta, will be made by flying 259 letters from Calgary to Edmonton. The event is a joint effort of the western chapter of the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society (CAS) and the Alberta Aviation Museum Association. The arrival in Edmonton will coincide with the official unveiling of the Curtiss Special. The aircraft will then officially join the collection of historic aircraft at the Alberta Aviation Museum.

Final Approach - Fairchild FC-2 Aerial Photography - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Final Approach
by Jim Bruce

A camera-equipped Fairchild FC-2 of Fairchild Aviation Ltd. of Montreal, returning to base in Quebec in 1927 after a day of aerial photography.

26 x 40 inches Acrylic on Canvas
(Collection of the Canadian Aviation Museum)

 

 

Red Stars Over Edmonton - P-39Q's bound for Russia round the dome of the Alberta Legislature - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Red Stars Over Edmonton
by Jim Bruce

Commissioned for Tony Cashman's book, "Gateway to the North", a history of Edmonton's Airports. P-39Q's bound for Russia round the dome of the Alberta Legislature enroute to the airport.

19 x 23 inches Oil on Canvas
(Collection of Edmonton Airport Authority)

 

 

At the Blast Fence - Vickers Viscount 724 #609 CF-TGQ of Trans-Canada Air

 

 

At the Blast Fence
by Jim Bruce

 

Vickers Viscount 724 series aircraft #609 CF-TGQ of Trans-Canada Air Lines doing an engine run-up at TCA's Winnipeg maintenance facility.

 

16.5 x 27.5 inches
Acrylic on Illustration Board
(Collection of the artist)

 

 

William Avery "Billy" Bishop in 1917 - by Jim Bruce

 

 

William Avery "Billy" Bishop in 1917
by Jim Bruce

An illustration commissioned by the Reader's Digest for their 1977 book "Heritage of Canada".

Line and halftone wash (India ink) on illustration board

 

 

William Avery "Billy" Bishop - by Jim Bruce

 

 

William Avery "Billy" Bishop
by Jim Bruce

A pencil sketch on paper of the Canadian WWI ace awarded the Victoria Cross.

 

 

Amelia Earhart - portrait - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Amelia Earhart
by Jim Bruce

A pencil study on paper of the famous American aviator c.1935 who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to fly solo around the world in 1937.

 

 

Katherine Stinson - portrait - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Katherine Stinson
by Jim Bruce

Katherine Stinson, the fourth American woman to earn a pilot's license.

 

 

Ruth Law at the 1918 C.N.E. - Curtiss Pusher biplane - Gaston Chevrolet on June 29, 1918 - Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Ruth Law at the 1918 C.N.E.
by Jim Bruce

Famed American aviatrix Ruth Law racing her Curtiss Pusher biplane against an auto driven by Gaston Chevrolet on June 29, 1918 at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

26 x 40 inches Oil on Canvas
(Collection of the Canadian Aviation Museum)

 

 

Portrait of Henry Fonda from the movie "Fort Apache" 1948 - by Jim Bruce

 

 

Portrait of Henry Fonda from "Fort Apache"
by Jim Bruce

"A portrait in oil on canvas of Henry Fonda. The U.S. flag has always blown me away as a graphic device, so I used the civil war version (c.1865) as a backdrop. Fonda is portrayed as an officer in the U.S. Cavalry in the terrific movie Fort Apache, an 1948 epic that grossed $445,000.00. Pretty modest by today's standards! He was 43 at the time." - Jim Bruce

Oil on Canvas

 

 

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