Ikarus, No Man Dies Alone

Oil on Canvas 20" x 23"

1996

Just 22 at the time of his death, fighter pilot Hans-Joachim Marseille was a superstar of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Impetuous, debauched, and insubordinate, he lived in diametric opposition to the stereotype of the German military man. Eventually arriving in the North African Theater, he was forced to leave behind the distractions of his carousing in Europe. There, in the skies over Libya and Egypt he established a reputation for aerial and combat prowess that stands among the greatest military pilots of all time. At the height of his fame, he would die bailing out of an aircraft that was experiencing engine trouble, not as a result of combat. As great warriors do, he became a legend in death to those that pay attention to that sort of thing. From a different perspective, he became just another of countless children who, having only realized their potential in violence, was ultimately struck down by it. The ironically peaceful circumstances of his death only serves to underscore its arbitrariness.

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Paintings

The foundation of Joe's work. In painting, Joe discovered the possibilities for visual communication and the greatest historical inspiration. His canvasses are largely earlier works, though he will return from time to time to paint on panels or found surfaces.

Geoffrey's Wild Years Ikarus, No Man Dies Alone Owen Pferd Horse Trinity X Canto- Gunther Prien
Albatros 1918 Still Life with Messerschmitt Sister in Revolution Berlin: Embankment 1945 W. S. Burroughs- American. ...As Promised Selkie
Thomas Bernhard Shared Vision Surf Ta 152 Hitlerjugend A Man of Destiny Everybody Loves Pie!
Edith Vorsicht! Starker Feuerstrahl! Jap Otto and Nico Dog A Story I Heard Once Backsplash
Opa Julia Dick Tait Oma David's Factory V2