Air Art Northwest
846 South Ginger Street
Cornelius, Oregon 97113
PRINTS by MIKE MACHAT
After completing foundation art studies at Pratt Institute in New York, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force as a technical illustrator and then relocated in California. Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University at Long Beach, he joined Douglas Aircraft Company serving as a staff illustrator for seven years before leaving the firm in 1984 to establish his own aviation art studio.
Mike was elected first president of the American Society of Aviation Artists and is past president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. As an active participant in the U.S. Air Force Documentary Art Program since 1978, he has 21 original works in the. collection. Mike's artwork has also won awards in the Illustration West Exhibits, Experimental Aircraft Association and ASAA art competitions, and graces displays in the Pentagon, National Air & Space Museum, and many airline corporate headquarters worldwide.
As an aviator, Mike enjoys aerobatics and soaring, having accumulated more than 2,000 flights in sailplanes. He has flown in nearly 200 different types of aircraft from the B-52 to the Concorde, and in such tactical aircraft as the A-4, F-104, F-15, and F-16, continually blending his love of aviation with his artistic talents. Mike is a firm believer in "living the experience" of flight.
Commercial aviation also comprises much of Mike's artwork, and he has illustrated and produced many airline histories including those of Delta, Finnair, Continental, El Al, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, and Pan Am. His list of clients also includes McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, Airbus, Flying Tigers, NASA, and Reader's Digest just to name a few.
Known for his thorough research and choice of unusual subject matter, Mike has built a strong collector following and has emerged as an important contributor to America's aviation art. He lives with his wife, Sheri, and their two daughters in Southern California.