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Acrylic Painting - White Chevy - Red Trailer

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John Salt

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1975P404
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1975 - 1975

Maker Information

Artist:John Salt - View biography for John Salt


American cars have been the central theme of Salt's work since he moved to New York in the late 1960s. For him, the rusting wrecks he saw abandoned on the roadside, were a vivid monument to consumerism and an essential ingredient of the American landscape. He works from photographs he takes himself, projecting the image onto the canvas from which he makes a careful drawing. Using a colour print of the photograph for reference, he completes the painting using airbrush and stencils. This 'hyper-realist' process restricts the role of the painter, removing the element of self-expression and the visible brushstroke. What we read as a photograph is a painting, several stages removed from the original photographic image.

Acquired by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery through the generosity of the artist to commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of Ikon Gallery.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Airbrushed acrylic on canvas.

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Height:1150 mm
Width:1709 mm