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

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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 had already emerged two years earlier, in 1901, from 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, ‘50’s and 60’s, and America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which 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. With 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 art. ... click to continue reading below

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

LUSTER's Back Story

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)
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 "Moto Painter" Schwien (Portland, OR)
Harold D. Zabady (Camp Hill, PA)

TOUR ITINERARY

INSTALLATION PHOTOGRAPHS

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

Premiere: March 10 - June 21, 2018
Museum of Arts and Sciences

Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 10, 11:00 a.m. Meet the Artists Gallery Walk
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Members Reception
in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week March 9 - 18, 2018

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

Haggin Museum

November 9, 2019 - February 2, 2020
Haggin Museum
Stockton, CA

The Morris Museum of Art
March 6 – May 10, 2020
The Morris Museum of Art (Pending)
Augusta, GA

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


Available Fall, 2020 and January - May, 2021


Art Museum of South Texas

June 1 - August 26, 2021
Art Museum of South Texas
(Affiliated with Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi)
Corpus Christi, TX


Additional Venues Pending


THE ARTWORKS


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
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

2017, Oil on Panel, 48 x 72
Reference Photo; Artwork Photo To Come
LUSTER featured artwork
Randy Ford
Glamour Shot

2017, Oil on Panel, 48 x 48
LUSTER featured artwork
Randy Ford
Sedona Sidewinder

2017, Oil on Panel, 48 x 96
LUSTER featured artwork
Randy Ford
1950's (1959 Cadillac Eldorado)

1989, Oil on Panel, 50 x 78
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
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
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
To Protect And Serve

2009, Acrylic On Canvas, 36 x 27
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…Bentley

Transparent Watercolor
LUSTER featured artwork
Kris Preslan
Cars I’ll Never Own, #15…Auburn

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
Ken Scaglia
Tower of Power (1935 Bugatti Engine)

2011, Acrylic on Canvas, 31 x 31
LUSTER featured artwork
John E. Schaeffer
Candy Apple Tuxedo

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 25½ x 49½
LUSTER featured artwork
John E. Schaeffer
Rocket 88

2017, Acrylic On Canvas, 25 x 25
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 "Moto Painter" Schwien
Desmo Details

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

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

2011, Oil On Wood Panel, 48 x 36
LUSTER featured artwork
Guenevere "Moto Painter" Schwien
Shadow

2017, Oil On Wood Panel, 35 x 24
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
Lacquer and Chrome

2004, Oil On Linen, 40 x 60
LUSTER featured artwork
Harold D. Zabady
Timeless Beauty

2017, Oil On Linen, 40 x 60


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Ever wonder how the idea for an exhibit begins? In the case of LUSTER, it was a recommendation by painter Allan Gorman of a related, industrial art exhibition, and subsequent discussions which narrowed down the concept. Allan as well as Ken Scaglia had exhibited in the MASTERWORKS exhibit from the International Guild of Realism which toured under the auspices of David J. Wagner, L.L.C. Allan's "Ruby & Sapphire" and Ken's "Saratoga 300" were both featured in the MASTERWORKS exhibit, and are now experiencing an encore in LUSTER. There's a parallel that makes the story even more interesting: The Curator who had booked MASTERWORKS at The Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, took a career advancing position at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, and once in Daytona, not only booked LUSTER, but also hosted its World Premiere.


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LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, is a traveling museum exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by 15 leading photorealists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice. Exhibiting artists include (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), 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 "Moto Painter" Schwien (Portland, OR), and Harold D. Zabady (Camp Hill, PA).

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 portrayed, 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 before that sometimes exteriors of wood, along with glass and rubber, and interior fabrication to meet the needs of purpose-built vehicles of all sorts . . . These are the surfaces which recent realists, photorealists, and hyperrealists have exploited to generate true, virtuosic masterpieces. But that’s not all; some of today’s realists contextualize their paintings with figurative imagery and landscape, while others imbue them with nostalgia or patriotism. And there are even those who capture antithetical properties of aging or damage offering new and interesting visual as well as metaphorical possibilities.

When U.S. car sales stagnated from market saturation in the 1940’s, General Motors President and CEO, Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., promoted the idea that design changes occur annually to drive new sales. One upshot for automotive design was that old, open-top runabouts and touring cars were phased out and design elements such as running boards and headlights were gradually integrated into the car body. With cheap gas, post-war boom years, and the advent of the Interstate Highway System in 1956 during The Eisenhower Administration, American automotive design and sales flourished. In the 1950’s and ‘60’s, the industry reached new heights by offering consumers increased horse power for speed, and more artfully, integrated design which was dramatized with features such as tail fins. LUSTER features paintings of automobiles from those boom years, but also from years before and since, as well as track and off-road vehicles, and much more, not the least of which, are a range of motorcycles.

In the world of modern art, Photo Realism emerged as a force in the 1960’s, and motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in its iconography with the paintings of 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.

The traveling museum exhibition, LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting, is comprised of over 55 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.

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting features a selection of dazzling paintings of vehicles from the birth of the automobile and motorcycle to the present. As such, LUSTER is a celebration of automotive design and style, and contemporary, artist virtuosity.

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

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