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Up an' Atom by Hal Olsen
Up an' Atom by Hal Olsen - WW II The Golden Age of Nose Art
Black and White Edition $12.95 Retail plus S&H ($4.00) USD

List Price: $21.95
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
82 pages
Patriot Media Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-0988893009
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Military
Black & White version also available 

Artist Hal Olsen, the last living World War II Nose Art visual artist, known and honored internationally for his artwork, describes in his autobiography, Up An’ Atom, a critical time in his life as a young man growing up in New Jersey and serving in the United States Navy during World War II.  He tells about how he began painting his way into history over 70 years ago using bare buns and bust lines to lift the spirits and morale of American aviators.  An enemy bombing, blowing up a fellow artist’s paint supply, and having $50.00 worth of his own oil paints, launched Hal into his Nose Art painting career while on a Mariana island in the Pacific, serving as a 3rd Class Aviation Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy. 

Nose Art, a form of artistic graffiti painted on the nose of airplanes, began to flourish in the time known as the Great War—World War I (1913-1918).  During the World War II years, (1941-1945), Nose Art expanded in many forms to almost every flying aircraft in the American military and is still visible on many of today’s military aircraft.  Hal did Nose Art on an F-111 at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire in 1989, painting Necessary Evil on the inside of the front wheel well flap.

Hal Olsen also painted other forms of fine art to include landscapes, portraits and military items such as Navy ships, and three of his most famous paintings, the Enola Gay, Bochscar and Up An’ Atom, are of the three B-29 bombers involved in the atomic bomb drops on Japan in 1945.  ‘The final painting I made was Enola Gay because the Air Force wanted her done right.’

Many of his paintings are in permanent museum collections with some pieces being held in private collections.  Included are the U.S. Navy; Museum of New Mexico,-Santa Fe; Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico; and the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Science Museum, Los Alamos New Mexico.  Hal’s artwork is also featured in Galerie Des Mondes (the Worlds Gallery) John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City, New York; the Fine Arts Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Commemorative Air Force American Air Power Heritage Museum, Midland, Texas; Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg, Tennessee; the National Atomic Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Los Alamos Historical Museum, Los Alamos, New Mexico and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam

His awards include the Prix de Paris, received in 1961 at the Duncan Gallery in Paris, France, and first Prize for his exhibit in the World Wide Nuclear Art Exhibition, Washington D.C.  He also served on the State Art Council and the Artist Advisor Commission of the Museum of New Mexico.  Hal and his wife Estelle are still happily married, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

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