An exhibition of paintings and drawings depicting America’s first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, will premiere at The Museum of Flight in Seattle on Feb. 28.
“Red Tails, Silver Wings: Paintings of Tuskegee Airmen by Chris Hopkins” is an original exhibit by artist Chris Hopkins done in cooperation with the museum. Hopkins has produced iconic posters for movies including “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and he was nominated for a Grammy for the album cover art for Styx’s “Paradise Theatre.”
“Red Tails, Silver Wings” is the artist’s personal tribute to African American aviators. The exhibit includes 28 paintings (three on loan from the Pentagon) and 15 charcoal drawings.
The exhibit ends May 12 to begin a tour of other museums throughout the country.
Hopkins began his painting career as a commercial illustrator working in the entertainment industry. Among other things, he produced iconic posters for movies including “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” and the posters for Super Bowls XX, XXI and XXIII. He was also received a Grammy nomination for the album cover art for Styx’s “Paradise Theatre.” Hopkins’ 2010 book of paintings, “Eagle Dancing,” portrays historical Northwest Native American culture.
Hopkins began work on his Tuskegee Airmen series as part of his work for the Northwest chapter of the Air Force Art program. Over the years, the series has moved beyond the Air Force Art program to become a personal mission and passion for Hopkins. The Tuskegee Airmen project is a tribute that consists of more than 40 artworks that portray the foreign and domestic exploits of the first African American fighter pilots, their support crews, their families, their predecessors as well as their legacy.
To learn more about Chris Hopkins and his Tuskegee Airmen series, visit his website chrishopkinsart.com
The independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 500,000 visitors annually. The museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant air- and spacecraft, the original manufacturing facility of The Boeing Co., and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
For more information: 206-764-5720 or MuseumOfFlight.org
Above: Detail of “Butterflies,” a painting by Chris Hopkins in the “Red Tails, Silver Wings” exhibit at The Museum of Flight.