THE ART OF WAR: An Educational Multi- Media Military Art exhibit featuring themes of front line combat and great 

leadership and courage in word paintings and visual art in a variety of media by Howard David Johnson... 

 Illustrations of Historical & Mythical Warriors from Ages Past :

Proudly Presents: The Art of War: Two-Fisted Tales of Valor and Frontline Combat!

A Gallery of New Paintings, Drawings and Pictures from World History in traditional oils, Contemporary acrylics and cutting edge digital mixed media in the style of the classic illustrators. Newly Updated !

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Howard David Johnson works in a wide variety of media * Oil paintings * Acrylic Paintings * Prismacolor Paintings * Drawings * Chalk & Oil Pastel Paintings * Photography * and last but not least: Digital Artistry & Mixed Media *  Because of the use of photography in everything he does, even Johnson's all-oil paintings can be termed mixed media.*






Combat Art featuring Legendary & Historical Themes:

"Only the dead have seen the end of the war."

- Plato   


           "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."   

- John Stuart Mill"




"There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit.  In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit."  - Napoleon Bonaparte               





"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." 

- Franklin D. Roosevelt







"The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson









"I don't know whether war is an interlude during peace, or peace is an interlude during war." 
- Georges Clemenceau








"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." 

- Edmund Burke, British statesman and philosopher










"We have had enough of kings"



"Napoleon at Waterloo"


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: 









 celtic queen boudicia pristece counoler painting            historical fiction puty charebs Joan Arc frich history  




The Sword of Lancelot.jpg (92946 bytes)            King Arthur + Sir Lancelot Jousting





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"Better to fight for something than live for nothing."

 - General George S. Patton

"Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being."

- Kahlil Gibran, "The Voice of the Poet






"There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell. You can bear this warning voice to generations yet to come. I look upon war with horror." 

- General William Tecumseh Sherman







"There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever."

 - Thomas A. Edison








Enter a world of Beauty and Imagination...


The Realistic and Fantastic Art Galleries of Contemporary American Illustrator Howard David Johnson

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All these pieces of art and the text are legally copyrighted and were registered with the U.S. Library of Congress Office of Copyright by the author, Howard David Johnson All rights reserved worldwide. Permission for many academic or non-commercial uses is freely and legally available by simply contacting the author via e-mail or visiting


Who is American Illustrator Howard David Johnson?

 In David's invitation to the Florence Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition, (a partner in the United Nations' Dialog among Nations), UN Secretary General Kofi Anon wrote: "Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness... Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among nations."

   Howard David Johnson is a contemporary visual artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history. He works in a wide variety of media ranging from traditional oils,  pastels and others to cutting edge digital media. After a lifetime of drawing and painting, Howard David Johnson's Traditional Realistic Art was exhibited in the British Museum in London in 1996, ( 3 years before he got his first computer ) as well as numerous American ones since, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His illustrations have appeared in every major bookstore and gameshop chain in America as well as magazines and educational texts around the world. 

Some of his more prestigious clients have included the National Geographic Society, the University of Texas, the History Book of the Month Club,  PBS TV, Adobe Photoshop Auto FX, and Paramount Studios. Licenses to print his existing work are available at surprisingly affordable prices. Oil Paintings, Colored pencils, Pastels, Mixed media, and Digital art can also be commissioned for select projects - Click on commission new art below... Working in a variety of traditional and cutting edge digital media he offers his customers a variety of options and more than thirty years of experience. As a commercial illustrator HDJ has not only used the computer but has been involved in the development of imaging software.  On his existing works license offers start as low as $99.


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This Art Gallery has been honored by more than 35,000,000 Unique Visitors

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 "King Arthur and the Holy Grail "MCMXCVI

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Art tradition and etiquette suggest the artists who have been most influential should be mentioned at exhibits; these original new pieces shown in this exhibit take their inspiration in part from the paintings of Waterhouse, Alma-Tadema, Church, Moreau, Bouguereau, Leighton, Ingres, Moore, Parrish, Rackham and others. Most of my sources are changed so much they are impossible to detect, but sometimes I make it obvious to pay homage.  Where would Walt Disney be without the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Victor Hugo and so many others? Where would Aaron Copeland have been without American folk music? Thomas Nast's Santa Claus without traditional images of Father Christmas? Picasso without African art?   These are artists who made names for themselves and even fortunes through Public Domain appropriation, one and all. Beethoven did "variations on a theme" with the works of Mozart for the same reasons I have done mine with Waterhouse and others- to learn and give homage to the artists who most inspired me. 

Bibliography/ Acknowledgements


Some key written sources for Howard David Johnson's THE LEGENDS OF HISTORY

and recommended reading:

THE OUTLINE OF HISTORY   by    H. G. WELLES   Doubleday   (written in the 19th century)

THE STORY OF CIVILIZATION   by   WILL & ARIEL DURANT  Simon & Schuster    (written in the 20th century)

THE ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY  OF EUSEBIUS PAMPHILUS Baker book house    (written in the 4th century)

THE ANNALS OF TACITUS   ( extant Roman history ) (written in the 1st and 2nd centuries)

"It is best not to use only one source or only modern sources for researching history unless you know the bias of the author. The prejudices of the authors above are easily sorted out by reading their differing accounts of the fall of Jerusalem when Titus came in and destroyed the temple. ( 70 A.D. ) Once you know the bias of the author, his work is a more solid contribution to your research. For example, H. G. Welles was openly anti-Semetic, Will Durant was openly anti-Christian, Eusibius was a Christian minister, Bishop of Cesarea, and Cornelius Tacitus was a Roman Pagan, and they all tailored history to fit their belief systems." ~HDJ



Thank you for visiting Howard David Johnson's The Legends of History art gallery...

an educational multi- media presentation in visual art, music, prose, and essay.