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Jim Bruce

Canadian aviation paintings

Jim Bruce was born and raised in Calgary, has lived in Winnipeg, and presently works from his studio in Baie d'Urfe, (Montreal), Quebec, Canada.

Examples of his aviation and wildlife art are in private and corporate collections in many countries. Five of his works are in the permanent collection of the Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Canada.

As an aviation artist he has been awarded First Prize in the Canada Aviation Museum Artflight competition three times; in 1993, 1996 and 1997. He has designed two coins for the Royal Canadian Mint's Aviation Heritage Series. As an illustrator and graphic designer his work has appeared in many national and international publications including Reader's Digest. He was awarded a special commendation from Parks Canada for a series of paintings of Quebec historical sites.

Jim is a founding member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association and a member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, and Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre.

The Aviation Art and Wildlife Art of Jim Bruce


Jim Bruce's painting of Viscount CF-TGQ

At the Blast Fence

'At the Blast Fence' depicts the TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount c/n 54 CF-TGQ doing an engine run-up at TCA's Winnipeg overhaul and maintenance facility circa 1957.


Jim Bruce's painting of Viscount CF-TGT

Viscount CF-TGT in the line maintenance hangar
TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount c/n 57 CF-TGT
Original photo

In 2012 Jim found an old slide of a watercolour painting that he had done from a black and white photo of Viscount c/n 57 CF-TGT fleet number 612 in the Line Maintenance Hangar. In it can be seen a spare Rolls-Royce Merlin engine awaiting the next Douglas DC-4 North Star. The Viscount appears to be having a main wheel changed.

The 1959 slide had faded badly but Jim was able to restore the colour with a software programme. He also removed hundreds of little dirt marks. The whole restoration took about 3 hours.

Jim does not know where the original painting went, perhaps he lost it on his travels between WPM and UL, or he may have given it to a TCA Lockheed L-1011 TriStar Captain he once knew.

Jim Bruce's painting of the TransAir Douglas DC-4 CF-JEA

TransAir Pre-Flight

'TransAir Pre-Flight' depicts the Winnipeg-based TransAir Douglas DC-4 CF-JEA during departure preparations at Winnipeg's Stevenson Field in 1957. TransAir (1955-1977) was an important regional carrier and was involved in flying support for the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line and Mid-Canada line at this time. They also operated Viscount c/n 40 CF-TGI from March 1963 until January 1971.

The terminal was operated by the Canadian Department of Transport and the building shown in the painting was the domestic and international terminal for flights in and out of Winnipeg. Behind the nose wheel the passenger entrance/exit doors are visible. The top floor housed the meteorological department. The flag is the British 'Red Ensign' as the present Canadian flag was not adopted until 1965.

The view is looking north and Jim worked on the top floor (1956-1960) in an adjacent hangar immediately east of the terminal as a draftsman for TCA - Trans Canada Air Lines. In the background can be seen TCA - Trans-Canada Air Lines Viscount CF-TGY fleet number 617.

CF-JEA flew for 14 years with the carrier and did a weekly Montreal-Ottawa-Winnisk-Churchill-Winnipeg run. It ended its days in California where it was scrapped in 1974.

Jim Bruce's painting of the TransAir Douglas DC-4 CF-JEA

TransAir Douglas DC-4 CF-JEA
Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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