Art – Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Fri, 20 Jul 2018 04:16:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries https://silodrome.com/boeing-747-wheel-table-plane-industries/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:41 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81052 Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries

This Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries is more or less exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an authentic Boeing 747 alloy wheel that’s been meticulously rebuilt into what is undeniably one of the greatest coffee tables money can buy. Each wheel is sourced directly from the airline industry, wheels that...

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries

This Boeing 747 Wheel Table by Plane Industries is more or less exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an authentic Boeing 747 alloy wheel that’s been meticulously rebuilt into what is undeniably one of the greatest coffee tables money can buy.

Each wheel is sourced directly from the airline industry, wheels that have spent thousands of hours in service are selected, before having their two halves separated and chemically stripped.

Once the two halves of the alloy wheel have been taken back to bare metal they’re painstakingly polished for over 100 hours to a mirror finish. The inside of the table is powder-coated black, and a 40 inch piece of toughened and polished 8mm glass sits on top.

The completed coffee table measures in at 510mm high, by 610mm wide. The glass is 1100mm in diameter, and it weighs in at 70 kilograms.

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Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

Boeing 747 Wheel Table Plane Industries

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Original Dambusters Print – Signed by Members of the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron https://silodrome.com/original-dambusters-print/ Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:00:56 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=81023 Original Dambusters Print – Signed by Members of the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron

The story of the Dambusters has become legendary, officially known as Operation Chastise, it was an attack on German dams using bombs that bounced across the water (like a stone skipping on a lake) until they hit the dam wall, detonated, and caused catastrophic damage. The dams were vital parts of the German war machine,...

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Original Dambusters Print – Signed by Members of the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron

The story of the Dambusters has become legendary, officially known as Operation Chastise, it was an attack on German dams using bombs that bounced across the water (like a stone skipping on a lake) until they hit the dam wall, detonated, and caused catastrophic damage.

The dams were vital parts of the German war machine, they provided hydroelectric power, drinking water, pure water for steel-making, and water for a canal transport system.

The assistant chief designer at Vickers, Barnes Wallis, had an idea to develop a cylindrical bomb that would be spun in reverse at 500 rpm and then dropped from a Lancaster bomber from a specific altitude above the water at a specific height.

If done correctly, the Dambuster bomb would bounce along the smooth surface of the water, hit the dam wall, and then drive itself down the dam wall under the water due to its rapid reverse spin. Despite the extreme difficulty of developing an all new bomb, needing to test it, and needing to have aircraft and crews assigned to it – the mission was an overwhelming success.

The print you see here is an original illustration of by Keith Broomfield of G for George, a Lancaster assigned to the 617 Dambusters’ Squadron. It’s been signed by 16 surviving squadron members as well as the Marshal of the Royal Air Force during WWII – Sir Arthur Travers Harris.

The print measures in at 37 cm x 55 cm, it’s framed and glazed, and it has a laminated certificate applied to the back of frame.

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Dambusters Print Closeup

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A Pulse-Jet Powered Scooter – Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier https://silodrome.com/ram-jet-powered-scooter/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 05:01:39 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=80801 A Pulse-Jet Powered Scooter – Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Introduction This is almost certainly the most detailed project we’ve ever featured on Silodrome. It includes a functioning pulse-jet powered scooter, accompanied by synthetic historic images, multiple handmade period-correct toys and kits, hand-painted posters, magazine ads, and an insignia chart – all made bespoke by Randy Regier to create the illusion that a jet-powered scooter, officially...

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A Pulse-Jet Powered Scooter – Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Introduction

This is almost certainly the most detailed project we’ve ever featured on Silodrome.

It includes a functioning pulse-jet powered scooter, accompanied by synthetic historic images, multiple handmade period-correct toys and kits, hand-painted posters, magazine ads, and an insignia chart – all made bespoke by Randy Regier to create the illusion that a jet-powered scooter, officially named the Grand Thrust Star 100, was developed during the Cold War and used extensively across the United States.

Randy discusses the project below, the attention to detail is genuinely remarkable. The Grand Thrust Star 100 and its accompanying faux historic artifacts will be on public display around the United States, and you can read more about them below.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

The Concept

Words: Randy Regier

Images: Graham I. Haynes

Dreams Of Flight is an elaborate, multi-medium installation that proposes to tell, via a thematic historicized fictional construction – a jet powered ‘early warning’ scooter – a previously unrevealed or lesser-known chapter from the height of Cold War fears and tensions in the United States. The entire work is a fabrication of my imagination, art practice and studio industry – and some lived experience, as I was born in 1964.

When installed for public view, the work will be displayed as a recently discovered and actually realized jet-powered scooter, an early warning vehicle that was one of hundreds seemingly maintained by the US Civil Defense department and its “Revere Wardens” in the 1950s and ‘60s, though were decommissioned/ scrapped by the late 1970s.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Historic Images

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Historic Images 1

Synthetic photo documentation (above) that suggests that these vehicles were made in large numbers and were common to every major American city during those years.

Fabricating the Mechanical Object:

The scooter itself is a mechanical stew of found artifacts and constructed parts – as primary form it pretty much began with a pair of rear fenders from a 1950 Plymouth Business coupe that I found at a Wichita swap-meet. From there I worked forward, trial and error and finally settling up front on a vintage aircraft nosecone, then vertically with the upright fairing, née a hood from a David Bradley yard tractor. The seat base is made from the fan housing and base of an overhead projector, topped with a vintage folding “stadium seat” of the type that people take to sporting events. Front and rear spring loaded forks are most likely from an old industrial/factory cart but I really don’t know, vintage Goodyear tires and rims also a swap-meet find.

Really, too many parts and provenances to list here, but if you take the time to look this thing over my guess is you will recognize other elements and thus their origins. The engine is really the only fully scratch-built piece for this scooter. I endeavored to use almost entirely found objects, whenever and wherever possible. I just find that more challenging, and interesting.

The pulse jet engine is a genuine, operational unit scratch-built from purchased plans by my friend and master fabricator Gary Kintz. Gary and I discussed electric, gas and other motivations, but of all the possible choices for such a notional vehicle, jet power seemed the least practical and thus the most desirable, as in, spage-age overkill. You can take the artist out of the automobile industry, but you can’t take the hot-rodder out of the artist, it seems. We have test-run the engine on propane and all I can say is, that next to top fuel it’s the loudest damned thing I think I’ve ever heard. It’s awesome. To date, we’re not ridden the scooter but have intentions to do so. Or not.

Gary coined the term “imitation brakes” for my one-wheel drag-block system. It’s a very accurate description. I would argue it applies to our chain-drive steering system as well.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Building The Back Story:

As in any robust fiction/story, a cast of supporting characters is necessary to make the narrative plausible enough to go along for the ride. Given the depth, breadth and historic realities (as much as they are known to us) of the actual Cold War, probably the biggest challenge I’ve faced with this work is narrowing the scope and focusing on a handful of supportive cast objects that are within the realm of my skill sets and relative body of knowledge/interest.

As most of my art deals with the realm of vintage toys and childhood experience, a kid’s eye view is pretty much my other wheelhouse.
To that end I created from wood a single, simplified child’s toy version of the scooter and turned it over to another colleague of mine, Sang Cho, a master model and mold- maker.

Sang created for me a gorgeous two-part silicone rubber mold that reproduces the scooter toy as a cast-plastic kit, complete with sprues and gates, it’s just fantastic – a true work of art in its own right. From one mold I can have the piece two ways: as an un-built kit packed in cellophane and in a box that evokes the realm and peak era of model kit building, or, glued up as a cheap, unpainted dime-store toy and packaged in that aesthetic. I just add color to each casting to create the piece I want.

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Toy

For the packaging I painted (acrylic on canvas) two box art versions of this piece, one illustration of the scooter as if it were a US Army vehicle and one as a simple, unaffiliated plaything.

US Army “Meals Ready to Eat On Wheels” Jet Powered Scooter, plastic model kit by AmeriCan. Mint and unassembled in the original box (above).

Twilight Star plastic scooter toy, mint condition with original box. Red variation (below).

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier Toy

Hitch One’s Wagon to a Star:

In American popular culture, Rosie the Riveter is a well-known icon. Less known, but equally historical is the fact that the women who worked as welders on the WWII Liberty Ships called themselves “Wendy the Welder” to differentiate themselves from their aircraft building counterparts. In an effort to weave my scooter into the American cultural-historical quilt I decided to attach my notional operators to more of a Paul Revere thing, as that seemed apropos. I started by creating an advertisement ‘as if’ for a kit, for vintage motorcycle magazine:

From this idea came the ‘early warning’ notion of the vehicle’s purpose and that in turn, merged with the multiple categories of actual Department of Civil Defense wardens led to my creation of the Revere Wardens. Adding the red silhouette of a man on horseback to the blue CD circle/white triangle was a relatively easy task and that became my icon for this work and is realized as painted on the helmet and as decals on the scooter.

Revere Warden, third row from top, second from right. Others seen here are factual.

Drawing from research of Civil Defense posters of the 1950s and ‘60s I then set out to paint my own Revere Warden recruitment poster, using my scooter of course as the space-age steed of choice. As with my toy boxes, I then ran my finished painting through Photoshop to add text and produce and print an era-correct poster.

From August 25th to October 28 this work, titled “Dreams Of Flight” will be exhibited in its entirety as part of the Open Spaces Kansas City, in KC, MO.

Dreams Of Flight will be split between three venues, each location tailored to a key element of the work. The toy and model kit and discussions related to their relationship to childhood, play and related themes will be displayed at the National Toy and Miniature Museum.

At the River Market Antique Mall we will be displaying the actual scooter and a host of pertinent artifacts, found and constructed, to create the actual experience of “as if”.

Finally, at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery we will be exhibiting every facet and element of the actual back-story as to how this entire work was conceived, researched, composed and constructed. This work has been in process since 2014, as such there are literally hundreds of documents, process photos, molds for casting and all manner of support materials.

These materials, when displayed in an organized, linear manner, with didactics, will allow those of an inquisitive mindset full access to every decision, step and misstep that was made, taken and abandoned in the creation of the actual work’s entirety. In short, the installation at KCAI Crossroads will seek to answer every question any person might have as to the factuality and intentions of the work, the “is it real or is it true?” question which so frequently accompanies my constructions.

Randy Regier is represented by Jim Kempner Fine Arts of NYC

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Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

Ram-Jet Powered Scooter - Dreams Of Flight by Randy Regier

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The 1957 Le Mans Winning Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type – Automobilist Print https://silodrome.com/ecurie-ecosse-jaguar-d-type-print/ Wed, 27 Jun 2018 04:00:27 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78863 The 1957 Le Mans Winning Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type – Automobilist Print

This print by Automobilist showcases one of the most iconic Le Mans winners of all time – an Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type. This particular car was the winner of the 1957 race, with Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb taking turns at the helm. This poster print measures in at 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x...

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The 1957 Le Mans Winning Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type – Automobilist Print

This print by Automobilist showcases one of the most iconic Le Mans winners of all time – an Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type. This particular car was the winner of the 1957 race, with Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb taking turns at the helm.

This poster print measures in at 50 x 70 cm (19.7 x 27.5 in) and it’s offset print on beige rough 180g/m2 paper. Each is rolled in a protective tube for shipping to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, and its dimensions are commonplace, allowing you to get it framed almost anywhere.

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The Porsche 953 INK Print – 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner https://silodrome.com/porsche-953/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:20 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78425 The Porsche 953 INK Print – 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner

The Porsche 953 The Porsche 953, sometimes referred to as the Porsche 911 Rally or the Porsche 911 4×4, is one of the most famous skunkworks 911s to ever depart the Stuttgart factory. The car started life as a regular 911 SC before undergoing a comprehensive rebuild in the hands of Porsche’s best and brightest....

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The Porsche 953 INK Print – 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner

The Porsche 953

The Porsche 953, sometimes referred to as the Porsche 911 Rally or the Porsche 911 4×4, is one of the most famous skunkworks 911s to ever depart the Stuttgart factory.

The car started life as a regular 911 SC before undergoing a comprehensive rebuild in the hands of Porsche’s best and brightest.

The unibody shell was reinforced throughout to handle the brutal forces generated when racing in the desert, a new manually controlled four-wheel drive system was fitted, and bespoke suspension was developed and installed – giving the car its characteristic high ground clearance.

The Rothmans-liveried Porsche 953 took overall victory in the 1984 Paris–Dakar Rally driven by René Metge and co-driver Dominique Lemoyne, with Jacky Ickx finishing 6th, taking 9 stage victories along the way. A Range Rover V8 would take second, followed by a Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution.

Today we remember the 953 as the testbed for the legendary Porsche 959, it would be the 959 that would race in the Paris-Dakar in 1985, and a year later it would take a 1-2 finish.

The Porsche 953 INK Print

The 953 you see here has been painstaking recreated with no livery – to showcase the car itself. It’s the work of INK, an award-winning creative studio based in England, and they’ve created a series of prints called the “Plain Bodies” series.

Each poster measures in at A2 size and there’s a series of three in total, showing the 953 from the front quarter angle, the side, and the rear quarter.

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Porsche 911 Rally Side

Porsche 911 Rally Rear

Porsche 911 Rally Detail

Porsche 911 Rally Side Detail

Porsche 911 Rally Rear Detail

Images courtesy of INK

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Ferrari 250 GTO Fender Art by Halmo https://silodrome.com/ferrari-250-gto-fender-art/ Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:00:52 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=77980 Ferrari 250 GTO Fender Art by Halmo

Halmo is an Italian company based just 100 kilometers from the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, it was founded by architect and yacht designer Gianluca Tramonti to create unique and oftentimes one-off automotive art focused on the true icons of both the race track and the street. This Ferrari 250 GTO piece is a handmade replica of...

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Ferrari 250 GTO Fender Art by Halmo

Halmo is an Italian company based just 100 kilometers from the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, it was founded by architect and yacht designer Gianluca Tramonti to create unique and oftentimes one-off automotive art focused on the true icons of both the race track and the street.

This Ferrari 250 GTO piece is a handmade replica of an original Ferrari panel section, bearing the livery of its age, along with the wear and tear you’d expect to see on a battle-scarred veteran of ’60s GT racing.

Halmo make each of these individually from aluminum-alloy, staying visually close to the original front right fender section. Once the panel is completed it’s then painted with the period-correct logos including a large Ferrari prancing horse, as well as logos for the Mille Miglia, Carello, and Magneti Marelli.

Each fender ships out with a full set of wall mounting accessories and an originality certificate.

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Ferrari 250 GTO Body Panel Art

Ferrari 250 GTO Body Panel Art

Ferrari 250 GTO Body Panel Art

Ferrari 250 GTO Body Panel Art

Ferrari 250 GTO Body Panel Art

Ferrari 250 GTO Body Panel Art

Carello Logo

Mille Miglia

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Limited Edition Michel Monteange Print – Refueling at the 33rd Bol d’Or – 1969 https://silodrome.com/michel-monteange-refueling-33rd-bol-dor-1969/ Fri, 18 May 2018 07:00:22 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=77256 Limited Edition Michel Monteange Print – Refueling at the 33rd Bol d’Or – 1969

This famous photograph by Michel Monteange shows the pit crew of the Gauthier and Schaller team at the 1969 Bol d’Or endurance motorcycle race held at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry just outside of Paris. The most immediately noticeable element in the image is the cigarette hanging from the mouth of the no-nonsense chap in the...

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Limited Edition Michel Monteange Print – Refueling at the 33rd Bol d’Or – 1969

This famous photograph by Michel Monteange shows the pit crew of the Gauthier and Schaller team at the 1969 Bol d’Or endurance motorcycle race held at the Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry just outside of Paris.

The most immediately noticeable element in the image is the cigarette hanging from the mouth of the no-nonsense chap in the tartan beret pouring the fuel from an old milk jug. The proximity of the cigarette to the petrol has raised many an eyebrow over the years, and it would likely result in the entire scene being blasted with fire extinguishers in any modern pitlane.

The original photographer, Michel Monteange, has partnered with Sails & Rods to produce a very limited edition run of prints of this photograph. Just 50 will be made from the original negative, and you can order sizes from 20x30cm up to 80x120cm.

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The Automotive Art of Ben Addison https://silodrome.com/automotive-art-ben-addison/ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:05 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=75755 The Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Ben Addison is a multi-talented artist who was born and raised in London, with frequent trips to the USA as a child to accompany his father, an interior designer of no small repute, and his mother who was a fashion designer. With both parents being full-time creatives it was almost guaranteed that Ben would follow...

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The Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Ben Addison is a multi-talented artist who was born and raised in London, with frequent trips to the USA as a child to accompany his father, an interior designer of no small repute, and his mother who was a fashion designer. With both parents being full-time creatives it was almost guaranteed that Ben would follow in their footsteps, which he did initially as a musician in the punk scene in the UK in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Ben saw notable successes with the bands Boyswonder and Corduroy in the ’80s and ’90s, and has since worked as an illustrator, a fashion illustration teacher, a proofreader, copywriter, music producer/arranger/composer/performer, and most recently as a painter.

A few years ago painter Frank Bauer gave Ben a set of oil paints and encouraged him to pursue it, Ben worked with Frank in his studio and honed the skills required quickly. He developed his own style, taking elements from ’60s and ’70s era movies and television and translating them onto the canvas in a way that accurately captures the zeitgeist of their age.

This series of paintings feature American car chase scenes and do a wonderful job of capturing the movement and urgency of their muse. If you’d like to see more of Ben’s work or enquire after buying a piece yourself you can click here to visit his website.

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

Automotive Art of Ben Addison

All images courtesy of Ben Addison

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The Art of Adam Ambro https://silodrome.com/art-adam-ambro/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:00:23 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=76243 The Art of Adam Ambro

Adam Ambro is an architect based in Golden, Colorado, with a passion for both art and cars. His day job keeps him busy, and in 2013 he won the AIA Denver Young Architect of the Year Award, followed in 2014 with him being named an Engineering News Record Mountain States Top 20 Under 40 Professional....

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The Art of Adam Ambro

Adam Ambro is an architect based in Golden, Colorado, with a passion for both art and cars. His day job keeps him busy, and in 2013 he won the AIA Denver Young Architect of the Year Award, followed in 2014 with him being named an Engineering News Record Mountain States Top 20 Under 40 Professional.

Adam’s art is immediately recognizable due to the fact that he frequently uses newspaper as his canvas, he draws the automotive icons using pens and markers, and then scans in the original artwork to create a series of prints – each poster is a digital press print on long-lasting 111 lbs cover stock.

Each of Adam’s pieces can be ordered in sizes ranging from 8×10, 13×19, or 20×30, and you can choose to have your print framed or unframed – with both black and white frames on offer.

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The Art of Kathrin Longhurst https://silodrome.com/art-kathrin-longhurst/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 02:00:30 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=75895 The Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Kathrin Longhurst is an artist born behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin in 1971, she started art classes at 14, but they were interrupted when she escaped with her family to Sweden at the age of 15. After traveling widely throughout Europe, Asia and America, Kathrin settled in Sydney and pursued her passion for...

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The Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Kathrin Longhurst is an artist born behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin in 1971, she started art classes at 14, but they were interrupted when she escaped with her family to Sweden at the age of 15.

After traveling widely throughout Europe, Asia and America, Kathrin settled in Sydney and pursued her passion for painting – frequently using the muse of the Soviet propaganda posters that were a common sight during her early years.

“Propaganda is all around us. It’s not specific to a period of time, a country or a regime… it’s everywhere” – Kathrin Longhurst

Since settling in Australia Kathrin has become a respected member of the Australian arts community, she served as vice president for Portrait Artists Australia and is currently founder and director of the innovative Project 504, an art space that fosters collaboration between emerging and established Australian artists.

She’s been a finalist in numerous awards including the prestigious 2012 Sulman Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Portia Geach Award, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, the Korea Australia Arts Foundation Prize and the WA Black Swan Prize. Her work is now collected widely in Australia and internationally.

See more of her work via her website here, or follow her on InstagramFacebookTwitter

Discovered via In Venus Veritas

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

Art of Kathrin Longhurst

All images ©2018 – Kathrin Longhurst

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