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"LUCK STRIKE: WWII Army Air Force Navigators"




















"LUCKY STRIKE: WWII Army Air Force Navigators" is a series of 9 oil paintings dedicated to the memory of my father William Holub, a decorated World War II veteran, who died in 2009 at the age of 90.   They are based on 1942 photographs of the officer candidates with whom he trained in San Marcos, TX. 

These paintings explore what it means to serve a greater good and inevitably face the uncertainties that accompany self-sacrifice. The circles surrounding the young men are more than mere graphic devices; they are haloes and targets at the same time. 

"Sherman Zeldes, Detroit, MI" received the Best-In-Show award from Jen Mergel, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, in the Cambridge Art Association's 2008 national exhibition. 

Images from top:

WILL HOLUB. 2008. “M.L. Gee, Austin, TX.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “Leslie Dyson, Texarkana, AR.” Oil on Linen. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “H.E. Anthonis, St. Louis, MO.” Oil on Linen. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “Ben Bommarito, Moberly, MO.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “Sherman Zeldes, Detroit, MI.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “M. Solomon, St. Louis, MO.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “R.J. Blankinger, Aurora, IL.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “L.O. Krueger, Wausaw, WI.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.
WILL HOLUB. 2008. “R.F. Sternberg, Brooklyn, NY.” Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12 in.



©2008 Will Holub