Naval Institute and would take samples of his work to them. Finally, he asked what it would take to get his artwork on Proceedings Magazine. A gentleman by the name of Dell Kaiser showed Tom the artwork of Carl Evers.Tom contacted Carl and to this day considers Mr. Evers the master of watercolors. Carl was very supportive, he told me to look closely at the art and that I would figure it out on my own. Finally, Proceedings used one of Tom's paintings for their cover. This started Tom on the path of success.
Tom started taking 35mm slides of his work and sending them to various book publishers. The first publisher to contact him and offer him a cover was G.
Tom has worked with most of the large publishing houses such as Dell, Jove, Bantam, and Berkley. Tom's work has appeared on many magazines such as Readers Digest, Popular Mechanics, Boating, Yachting, Business Week, and even the TV Guide.
His work has been placed on porcelain plaques and plates for Franklin Mint and the Hamilton Group. Tom's artwork has been exhibited in many galleries Kirsten, Greenwich, Mystic, and the Grand Central Gallery. He has done work for the National Parks Service and many corporations throughout the world. In 1986 Tom was asked to hang his original paintings in the West Wing of the White House. Currently, there are 8 original paintings hanging there along with several of his limited edition prints.Tom completed 12 paintings, which were on exhibit at the Naval Museum in Washington, DC. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the attack. One of Tom's paintings was donated to the State of Israel; it hangs in the Immigration/Clandestine and Naval Museum in Haifa. On April 10, 2002 Tom had the honor of giving one of his paintings to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II in Vatican City, Rome. The painting is hanging in Pope Pius IX museum in Italy. The White House Historical Association commissioned Tom for 4 years to produce cover art for the Association's annual Christmas card. Tom was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Award on April 3, 2003. On September 3, 2003 Tom presented a painting to President George W. Bush depicting the President's landing aboard the U. The painting was presented to him in the Oval Office. Tom won the 2003 Gold and Platinum Ozzie Award in the category of "Best use of illustration for a single article, " Popular Mechanics Magazine, The Hearst Corporation. Tom also won the SILA award for the 42nd Society of Illustrators Los Angeles annual contest; winning the silver award for Editorial Artwork. Tom had been selected as the first artist in residence to the United States Naval Institute. Tom Freeman Numbered Limited Edition Print "Pawn Takes Castle". The Imperial Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi is attacked and sunk at the Battle of Midway June 4, 1942.
Akagi means "Red Castle" in Japanese. The Battle of Midway is likened to a game of chess.
An adventure of calculated moves, strategy and being one move ahead of your opponent. The pawn is representative of the American forces; believed to be inferior to the Japanese.
The castle is representative of the Japanese, the refuge and homeland of Japan and in fact the word AKAGI, a Japanese aircraft carrier, means red castle. Midway was the next logical step in the Japanese plan. Pearl Harbor, Rabaul, Java, Columbo, and Trincomalee were all successfully attacked by the Japanese.The accomplishments boosted the Japanese ego, allowing them to believe that they were invincible. They would disrupt the vital American link to communications across the Pacific and , in doing so, would force the Americans into a naval battle. The Japanese plan would rely on three essential factors; the weather, correctness of their intelligence reports and, above all else, secrecy.
The Americans had an advantage that the Japanese didn't know about. The Japanese radio code had been broken and their hope for secrecy was fruitless. The battle began at 4:30AM, on June 4, 1942 and carried through for two days. In the end, the Japanese had lost four carriers, a cruiser, 250 aircraft and 3,500 lives.The Americans lost one carrier, one destroyer, 150 aircraft and 307 lives. The Japanese Navy never recovered from the Battle of Midway. 24" by 33-1/4" overall size print, 19-1/2 by 2. All Limited Edition prints are numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA). Limited Edition prints are restricted to a certain number. For example, if 500 prints are made from an original painting, once theyre gone, thats it. There is no limit to the number of open edition prints of a particular painting. Thats why Limited Edition prints are more expensive and more valuable to collectors than "open" edition.
Rare objects are more valuable. An Artists Proof (AP), generally, is the first 10% of the Limited Edition prints that come off the press. If the Limited Edition is 400 s/n, there would be 40 APs. This status is noted on the print. Collectors prefer APs because their value increases even more than a Limited Edition as time goes by.
All Limited Edition artwork is subject to availability at time of order. The item "Pawn Takes Castle Tom Freeman Battle of Midway Print Attack on Akagi Carrier" is in sale since Sunday, October 27, 2013. This item is in the category "Art\Art Prints". The seller is "airplanesandmore" and is located in Flower Mound, Texas.
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