LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in
Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting
Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.

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LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting Exhibition Prospectus Short (1.6 MB)
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INTRODUCTION

The birth of the modern car occurred in Germany over 150 years ago. The first internal combustion, petroleum-fueled motorcycle came out of Germany 25 years later. In the United States, Henry Ford Company was established in 1901. A year later it morphed into Cadillac Motor Company which Ford left, along with the rights to his name. A new Ford Motor Company emerged in 1903 in Detroit with backing from a dozen investors, including the Dodge brothers. The same year, 1903, Harley-Davidson, was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its chief rival was the Indian Motorcycle Co. which emerged in 1901 out of a bicycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts. Much has changed since those early automotive years, but perhaps nothing more so than styling in the 1940’s and after, and America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which has expressed itself artistically and culturally in so many ways.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have not only been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways, but also in film, top forty hits, and in painting. After the emergence of Photo-realism in the 1960’s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in the iconography of American photo-realists notably, Richard Estes (b. 1931) who painted cars inhabiting urban landscapes, and two West-Coast photorealists, Ralph Goings (b. 1928) and Don Eddy (b. 1944). Harold James Cleworth (b. 1939), a Brit who immigrated to America in 1975 from London where he had been an illustrator with the distinction of designing the first two Rolling Stones album covers and the first cover of The Who, not only established himself as one of the first generation of photorealist, automotive painters in the U.S., but also expanded the market by publishing inexpensive posters through a network of distributors.

After the first wave of photorealists in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, younger artists produced work that extended automotive painting in new and interesting ways, notably, in the stylistic realm of what has become known as, hyperrealism. In the 1980’s, Peter Maier (b. 1945) magnified the work of the first generation of photorealists, by painting cars and motorcycles to scale and applying actual automotive paint to canvases of side-body aluminum, sheet metal. Other innovators and virtuosos followed in the 1990’s and the New Millennium. Like the shiny automobiles and motorcycles they portray, paintings of these new-age artists can be characterized by the luster that permeates their work. Chrome ornamentation and trim; reflective side molding, hood and trunk enameled metal and high performance plastics such as ABS, and long before that sometimes wood; glass and rubber; and interior fabrication to meet the needs of purpose-built vehicles of all sorts: these are the surfaces which recent realists and hyperrealists have exploited to generate true, virtuosic masterpieces. But that’s not all; some of today’s hyperrealists contextualize their paintings, with the inclusion of figurative imagery, landscape, and even antithetical properties of aging or damage offering new and interesting visual as well as metaphorical possibilities.

The traveling museum exhibition, LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, is comprised of over 45 paintings by 15 active realists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice, in a range of media and scale. Their collective work embodies the very best of automotive painting being done today. It also encompasses a broad range of car and motorcycle styles and design from vintage vehicles of the first half of the Twentieth Century, to the classics of the 1950’s and ‘60’s, to road and track racing, off-road vehicles, exotics, and more. Featuring dazzling paintings that portray a spectrum of vehicles from the first half of the Twentieth Century to the present, LUSTER is a celebration of mechanical and artist design and style, the combination of which will have great allure with audiences throughout the United States.

David J. Wagner, Ph.D.
Curator/Tour Director

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism
in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting Press Release

EXHIBITION ARTISTS

(in alphabetical order)

A.D. Cook (Las Vegas, NV)
Randy Ford (Eastampton, NJ)
Allan Gorman (West Orange, NJ)
Marc G. Jones (Loveland, CO)
Cheryl Kelley (Northern California)
Richard Lewis (Los Angeles, CA)
Lory Lockwood (New Orleans, LA)
Sheryl Luxenburg (Ottawa, ON, Canada)
Robert Petillo (Hardyston, NJ)
Kris Preslan (Lake Oswego, OR)
Joseph Santos (Buena Park, CA)
Ken Scaglia (Weston, CT)
John E. Schaeffer (La Grange, TX)
Guenevere "MotoPainter" Schwien (Portland, OR)
Brian Tull (Nashville, TN)
Harold Zabady (Camp Hill, PA)

TOUR ITINERARY

The Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL

March 1 - May 31, 2018
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Daytona Beach, FL

The Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, KS

July 20 - September 9, 2018
Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum
Logan, KS

Maria V. Howard Arts Center

October 1 - December 23, 2018
Maria V. Howard Arts Center
Rocky Mount, NC

Saginaw Art Museum

March 1 – May 19, 2019
Saginaw Art Museum
Saginaw, MI

Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center

June 7 - September 30, 2019
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center
Pueblo, CO

October 19 - December 31, 2019
AVAILABLE

January 11 - March 8, 2020
AVAILABLE

March 28 - May 17, 2020
AVAILABLE

The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

June 1 - September 27, 2020
The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield, MA
Indian Motorcycle Day

Additional Venues Pending


THE ARTWORKS


Title of Touring Artworks In Italic Bold

Alphabetical by Artist's Last Name
Outer Dimensions hxw in Inches
Artworks and photos are copyrighted by their respective artists and may not be reproduced without permission

LUSTER featured artwork
A.D. Cook
America

2016, Acrylic On Canvas, 48 x 60
Collection of Ed Wallace, Jr.
LUSTER featured artwork
A.D. Cook
Autumn Riders
Acrylic On Canvas, 48 x 60
Collection of Ed Wallace, Jr.
LUSTER featured artwork
A.D. Cook
Dream 103

2016, Acrylic On Canvas, 24 x 36
Private Collection
LUSTER featured artwork
A.D. Cook
Duet

1999, Acrylic On Canvas, 36 x 60
Collection of Jo Lavey
LUSTER featured artwork
A.D. Cook
Indian Summer

2000, Acrylic On Canvas, 48 x 36
Collection of Mark McAlister
LUSTER featured artwork
Randy Ford
Coastal Contenders Reference Photo; Artwork Photo To Come
LUSTER featured artwork
Randy Ford
Glamour Shot Reference Photo; Artwork Photo To Come
LUSTER featured artwork
Randy Ford
Sedona Sidewinder Reference Photo; Artwork Photo To Come
LUSTER featured artwork
Allan Gorman
A Nice Day For A Ride

2013, Oil On Canvas, 46 x 46
LUSTER featured artwork
Allan Gorman
Red & Black Eagle

2014, Oil On Linen, 41 x 29
LUSTER featured artwork
Allan Gorman
Ruby & Sapphire

2014, Oil On Linen, 41 x 29
LUSTER featured artwork
Allan Gorman
Three Lights And A Horn

2016, Oil On Panel, 25 x 19
LUSTER featured artwork
Marc G. Jones
Austin Healey

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 28 x 40
LUSTER featured artwork
Marc G. Jones
The Car Wash

2016, Acrylic On Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 30 x 40
LUSTER featured artwork
Marc G. Jones
LeMans Porsche 917

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 36 x 48
LUSTER featured artwork
Cheryl Kelley
Blue Corvette

2016, Oil On Aluminum Panel, 15 x 24
LUSTER featured artwork
Cheryl Kelley
Z-Line NASCAR

2010, Oil on Aluminum Panel, 28 x 48
LUSTER featured artwork
Cheryl Kelley
Trans Am with Banksy
2016, Oil on Aluminum Panel, 15 x 24
LUSTER featured artwork
Cheryl Kelley
Red Jaguar Front
2016, Oil on Aluminum Panel, 22 x 36
LUSTER featured artwork
Cheryl Kelley
Yellow Delahaye
2011, Oil on Aluminum Panel, 15 x 48
LUSTER featured artwork
Cheryl Kelley
Heartbeat of America
2015, Oil on Aluminum Panel, 36 x 48
LUSTER featured artwork
Richard Lewis
Alfa 8Cs

2011, Watercolor, 66 x 46
LUSTER featured artwork
Richard Lewis
Duesy Chrome

2004, Watercolor, 66 x 46
LUSTER featured artwork
Richard Lewis
Hispano Suiza Chrome

2015, Watercolor, 46 x 66
LUSTER featured artwork
Richard Lewis
Snake In The Grass

2016, Watercolor, 46 x 66
LUSTER featured artwork
Lory Lockwood
All The Pretty Horses

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 32 x 42
LUSTER featured artwork
Lory Lockwood
Cool Pipes

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 30 x 44
LUSTER featured artwork
Lory Lockwood
Partly Cloudy In Daytona

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 30 x 44
LUSTER featured artwork
Lory Lockwood
Porsche on Porsche

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 32 x 42
LUSTER featured artwork
Lory Lockwood
Vette on Vette

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 32 x 42
LUSTER featured artwork
Sheryl Luxenburg
Apart At The Seams

2012-2013, Acrylic On Linen, 23 x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Sheryl Luxenburg
Double Decker

2012-2013, Acrylic On Linen, 23 x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Sheryl Luxenburg
Down For The Count

2012-2013, Acrylic On Linen, 23 x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Sheryl Luxenburg
Shadow Of A Former Self

2012-2013, Acrylic On Linen, 23 x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Robert Petillo
Heartland

2007, Acrylic On Canvas, 36 x 27½
LUSTER featured artwork
Robert Petillo
Frankie’s Root Beer Stand

2007, Acrylic On Canvas, 38 x 29
LUSTER featured artwork
Robert Petillo
Heroes

2008, Acrylic On Canvas, 30 x 20
LUSTER featured artwork
Robert Petillo
Resolve

2014, Acrylic On Canvas, 38 x 30
LUSTER featured artwork
Robert Petillo
To Protect And Serve
Acrylic On Canvas
LUSTER featured artwork
Kris Preslan
Cars I’ll Never Own, #10…the Woodie

2017, Transparent Watercolor, 25 x 30
LUSTER featured artwork
Kris Preslan
Cars I’ll Never Own, #12…Maybe
Transparent Watercolor
LUSTER featured artwork
Kris Preslan
Cars I’ll Never Own, #13…
Transparent Watercolor
LUSTER featured artwork
Kris Preslan
Cars I’ll Never Own, #9…The MG

2015, Transparent Watercolor, 31 x 25
LUSTER featured artwork
Kris Preslan
The Old Indian

2014, Transparent Watercolor, 22 x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Joseph Santos
Chevy Bel Air

2013, Watercolor, 21 x 22
LUSTER featured artwork
Joseph Santos
Ford Falcon

2012, Watercolor, 10½ x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Joseph Santos
Lincoln

2013, Watercolor, 20½ x 22
LUSTER featured artwork
Joseph Santos
Lincoln 2

2013, Watercolor, 21 x 21
LUSTER featured artwork
Ken Scaglia
Arc of a Driver

2014, Acrylic On Canvas, 37 x 37
LUSTER featured artwork
Ken Scaglia
Arrangement in Grey and Black: Barrels

2010, Acrylic On Canvas, 31 x 31
LUSTER featured artwork
Ken Scaglia
Please Be Seated

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 37½ x 25½
LUSTER featured artwork
Ken Scaglia
Saratoga 300

2011, Acrylic On Canvas, 37 x 35
LUSTER featured artwork
John E. Schaeffer
Rocket 88

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 25 x 25
LUSTER featured artwork
John E. Schaeffer
Mirror, Mirror

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 25½ x 31½
LUSTER featured artwork
John E. Schaeffer
Fill'er Up

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 25½ x 25½
LUSTER featured artwork
John E. Schaeffer
Totally Wired

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 31½ x 25½
LUSTER featured artwork
Guenevere "MotoPainter" Schwien
Desmo Details

2014, Oil on Wood Panel, 24 x 32
LUSTER featured artwork
Guenevere "MotoPainter" Schwien
Fifty Nine Bonneville

2015, Oil On Wood Panel, 31 x 22
LUSTER featured artwork
Guenevere "MotoPainter" Schwien
Vintage Ducati

2011, Oil On Wood Panel, 48 x 36
LUSTER featured artwork IMAGE PENDING
Guenevere "MotoPainter" Schwien
Shadow

2017, Oil On Wood Panel, 35 x 24
LUSTER featured artwork
Brian Tull
1,635 Miles

2013, Oil And Acrylic On Panel, 48 x 48
Collection of Jim And Denice Nonneman
LUSTER featured artwork
Brian Tull
Before California

2014, Oil And Acrylic On Panel, 65 x 53
Collection of CAA, Nashville, TN
LUSTER featured artwork
Brian Tull
Before We Abandoned It Out West

2014, Oil On Panel, 60 x 84
Collection of Nathan And Stephanie Chapman
LUSTER featured artwork
Brian Tull
Don’t Bother Missing Me
2014, Oil On Panel, 67 x 48
Private Collection
LUSTER featured artwork
Brian Tull
No Better Place

2014, Oil On Panel, 60 x 60
Collection of Jim And Kendall Oliver
LUSTER featured artwork
Harold D. Zabady
California Cobra

2015, Oil On Linen, 40 x 60
LUSTER featured artwork
Harold D. Zabady
Dorothy Brown’s Pick-up

2014, Oil On Linen, 22 x 28
LUSTER featured artwork
Harold D. Zabady
Ferrari Tessarossa

2015, Oil On Linen, 30 x 38
LUSTER featured artwork
Harold D. Zabady
Iconic E-type Engine

2014, Oil On Linen, 40 x 60
LUSTER featured artwork
Harold D. Zabady
Reference Photo; Artwork Photo To Come


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