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‘LUSTER’ Art Exhibition Features Realistic and Hyper-Realistic Paintings of Classic Cars and Motorcycles


AUBURN, Ind. (WPTA21) – A nationwide art exhibit will spend the next few months at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum. And it’s already attracted quite an audience after it opened in June – including an art collector, star artist and retired Indy 500 race car driver. LUSTER: Realism and hyperrealism in contemporary automobile and motorcycle painting are primarily on the second and third floors of the historic Auburn building.

“There are over 50 different works of art on canvas, which you will see throughout the museum,” explained executive director Brandon Anderson. Fifteen unique artists contributed their works for the traveling gallery. Anderson’s favorite piece is by the late painter Kris Preslan, of Lake Oswego, Oregon. She created “Cars I’ll Never Own, #15…Auburn” inside the museum. It’s a Cord 812 Supercharged with the museum’s iconic windows and the name of the city reflecting above one of the tires. “Art is multi-faceted – so are automobiles,” he said. “We are not just a car garage, we are something completely different. You step into the period of the Auburn Automobile Company in the 1920s, in one of the largest Art Deco buildings in the Midwest.

Earlier this month, Las Vegas artist AD Cook traveled to Auburn to see three of his paintings on display. “I’m that kid who drew and painted in first grade,” he told us. “Cars are one of the most creative and inspired things we can identify with – we all have a car, we all love cars. They are accessible. Cook began to hide elements in his paintings that you you might notice, if you look long and hard enough. In “Dream 103” there are 103 hidden skulls made of soap bubbles, in “Indian Summer” the chrome mirrors the park where Cook photographed it in 2000 , and in ‘America’, his initials are etched into the carburetor. “Cars, you know…they don’t happen by accident,” he added. “There’s a lot of talent and energy to glorify and celebrate them.”

Future Star Racing President Mark McAlister collects the artwork. He actually owns “Indian Summer” which has been on loan for several years as part of CHANDELIER. “It’s like you can just reach out here, and touch it – ride it,” he said of the paint, purchased at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2006. “We’re looking forward to it. have in the house so we can enjoy it…we just felt it was almost unfair to keep it all to ourselves so we were happy to share.

McAlister’s colleague is no stranger to cars. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. made his first visit to Auburn to see Cook’s work and admire dozens of other pieces. “It blows my mind that someone can start with just a canvas and then make these beautiful works of art out of it,” Unser told ABC21, “and AD is awesome at doing that!”

CHANDELIER was curated by David J. Wagner. Here is the full list of exhibiting artists: AD 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 Zabady (Camp Hill, PA).

LUSTER Realism and hyperrealism in contemporary automotive and motorcycle painting will be on display at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum through January 15, 2023. It is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find more information about what they have to offer here.

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