January 22 – May 1, 2022

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

The birth of the modern car occurred over 150 years ago in Germany. The first internal combustion, a 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 out of a bicycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1901. Much has changed since those early automotive years, but perhaps nothing more so than America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which has expressed itself culturally and artistically in so many ways.

LUSTER is comprised of some 50 paintings in a range of media and sizes by 15+ realists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice.

Presented by David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director David J. Wagner, L.L.C.