Philip E West is recognised as one of the world’s finest aviation artists. Collectors of his original oil paintings span the globe, many waiting patiently for his next breath-taking canvas to appear. With more than 100 limited editions behind him, a waiting list of commissioned paintings for clients both existing and new, and a head full of ideas for new limited edition prints, life is never dull for the Wiltshire based artist! Self-taught, after years of painting pictures for friends and relatives, Philip took the plunge and became a full-time professional artist. Since when he has developed a very loyal and expanding following for both his original paintings and prints which fetch up to £6000 for the originals. Whilst jets, and Phantoms in particular, light Philip’s fire, he is also a master painter of piston-engined classics and is renowned for his rendition of Avro Lancasters and Supermarine Spitfires. Philip’s knowledge of aircraft and the accuracy of his work combine to record a moment in history so perfectly, that both collectors and admirers of his work are able to feel a real sense of the excitement and drama that his work portrays. For the first time, the best of these magnificent paintings have been painstakingly scanned and included in a luxury hardback book, to tie in with the 100th anniversary of the RAF this year. Each full-colour reproduction carries an explanatory caption, while Philip has composed an Introduction explaining how his paintings have become his tapestry to a remarkable career. The book includes Forewords from two famous World War II veterans, written shortly before their deaths in July 2018: Wing Commander Tom Neil DFC and Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC.