Corvette 70th Anniversary Art Timeline

Celebrating America’s Sports Car through two exclusive original artworks to be unveiled and prominently displayed at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, through 2024.

Corvette art diptych for scale - 1953 vs 2023

WORKING TITLES: Creation | Evolution

National Corvette Museum LogoI’m excited to share that the National Corvette Museum has invited me, Las Vegas Artist A.D. Cook, to create a unique Corvette artwork for inclusion in the LUSTER: Realism And Hyperrealism In Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Paintings exposition scheduled to exhibit from March 1st through December 31st, 2024, in celebration of Corvette’s 70th Anniversary!

National Corvette Museum - Generations of Corvette up to 2011As a lifelong Corvette enthusiast, I’m honored and excited to create an original epic artwork celebrating America’s Sports Car for a special unveiling for LUSTER’s ten-month run at the National Corvette Museum in honor of Corvette’s exciting heritage and ongoing legacy.

For this, I am creating two four-foot by five-foot paintings designed to display as a diptych. Both images will complement one another when hung side-by-side or displayed separately. One canvas will showcase a Polo White 1953 C1 to commemorate Corvette’s first year, with the second canvas depicting a 2023 C8 Stingray Z06 in Arctic White. When displayed together, the two artworks pay tribute to Corvette’s timeline and 70th Anniversary.

The National Corvette Museum will prominently display the artworks on a special wall within the Museum’s Gallery through 2024 as the centerpiece of the LUSTER Exhibition.

Following the Corvette art timeline below with links to related stories and posts. Click here or scroll below for Hand Entries / Artist’s Log.

Posts Timeline

Blog Posts and Updates about the Luster Exhibition and the National Corvette Museum – 2023 through 2024.

Artist's Log

Hand Entries – 2023 through 2024, as it happens.

February 06, 2024

@corvettemuseum

This morning, the National Corvette Museum shared my Twitter (X) post about the upcoming LUSTER exhibition in 2024

We can’t wait for the unveiling of our upcoming exhibit with @ADCookArt titled, ‘LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting’!

Follow them on Twitter at Twitter.com/corvettemuseum.

February 06, 2024

December 18, 2023

@corvettemuseum

This morning, the National Corvette Museum shared my Twitter (X) post about the upcoming LUSTER exhibition in 2024

We can’t wait for the unveiling of our upcoming exhibit with @ADCookArt titled, ‘LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting’!

Follow them on Twitter at Twitter.com/corvettemuseum.

December 18, 2023

September 14, 2023

All Set…

 

Lately, I’ve been focussing on the artwork’s preparation stage. Automotive paintings are relatively technical, so as the saying goes, “Preparation is everything.”

To enhance my already excellent canvases, I pulled out my trusty Anest-Iwata LPH-100 Spray gun and applied a few nice coats of white Com-Art Airbrush Colour to create a nice, even surface that looks more like paper now than canvas.

Usually, I would apply a tinted color, but since both of the cars are white, although different whites (but we’ll get to that later), starting with a clean white surface made sense.

September 14, 2023

September 09, 2023

They Hear All, See All, But Say Nothing…

I’ve been asked a lot lately, “Hey, A.D., what’s up with the Corvette art?

I guess I’ve been slow in posting updates lately, but the paintings are moving along nicely. I’m enjoying my time in the studio, creating what I know will be an epic work celebrating America’s Sports Car for Corvette’s 70th-year anniversary as part of the LUSTER Exhibition!

It’s not a project that I take lightly because I’ve been a Corvette guy since I was a kid, and I drove one as my daily driver during my Hollywood Video years.

Catch the whole story.

September 09, 2023

August 25, 2023

Creative Direction

It was an awesome day comping the layout that will be my Corvette diptych artwork.

Meanwhile, I’ve finalized my two canvases for paint over the past few days. With my focus and direction resolved, I am ready to start my paintings, and I could not be more excited!

Stay tuned for updates as I move forward and be sure to follow my Instagram and X (Twitter) for regular updates.

August 25, 2023

August 17, 2023

The NCM Marketing Team

National Corvette Museum official logoI am beyond excited to work with the National Corvette Museum’s Marketing Team. We had a fantastic chat this morning and they shared some amazing plans for the forthcoming gala to unveil my Corvette artworks and launch the LUSTER Exhibition next Spring in Bowling Green, KY.

I can’t share too much yet, but stay tuned for updates. It’s gonna be a fun ride.

August 17, 2023

August 8, 2023

Reunited

Art Model Aim Model with Corvette Z06

Alas, we meet again, Z06.

This morning, I reconnected with the Corvette Z06 to be featured in my upcoming painting and took some great shots with the beautiful Aim Model sporting her red, white, and blue bikini.

Click here for pics and story.

August 8, 2023

July 11, 2023

Inspired Moments of Corvette Clarity

As my regular readers know, I had the pleasure of photographing two amazing Corvettes at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That day, I took about two-hundred-and-fifty (+-) fantastic photos. Since then, I have been sorting through and enjoying them as a tremendous diversion and escape as I quietly study each car’s elegant lines in preparation of forthcoming paintings.

The fifty-three Corvette and its seventy-year evolution are similar yet excitingly different. The deeper I look, the more I see the bloodline. That, for me, is paramount in celebrating Corvette through the LUSTER Exhibition.

July 11, 2023

June 30, 2023

National Corvette Day

Reflecting on today’s relevance in celebration of Corvette’s 70th Birthday!

Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the very first Corvettes ever made alongside the most current Corvette Z06 with every option available.

The differences are amazing, but the bloodline is obvious. That is part of what I hope comes through in my forthcoming paintings. It’s all momentum from here.

June 30, 2023

June 24, 2023

Canvas Prep – Sessions 11, 12 and Beyond

Fresh eyes have revealed that I wasn’t quite finished with my gesso prep with these canvases. They were close, though — really close. I convinced myself that some touch-ups would make it all right, and now they are ready to paint.

Still going through my great reference pics from last week.

June 24, 2023

June 22, 2023

Canvas Prep – Sessions 9 & 10

After a couple of final gesso application sessions and some time hand-sanding both canvases, I am now starting to love my slate-smooth surface. My canvases are now ready for the next step. But first, I’ll need to review those awesome pics I shot a couple of days ago.

Stay tuned for updates.

June 22, 2023

June 20, 2023

Corvette Dreams in Las Vegas

I could hardly imagine a better way to start the day.

This morning my fabulous Corvette owners and I created an epic morning by celebrating one of America’s first Corvettes alongside the most Current C8 Z06 for an epic photo shoot on a private golf course. Special thanks to Southern Highlands Golf Club.

Catch the story and more pics here > ADCook.com/corvette-dreams-in-las-vegas.

June 20, 2023

June 19, 2023

Canvas Prep – Session 8

Today’s prep session was about removing gesso. An essential step in my canvas prep process, gesso application provides a smooth and durable surface for painting but the small squeegees can leave textural ridges. It’s important to ensure that any excess gesso is sanded down in order to achieve the desired level of non-texture in my canvas. A light scuffing with course sandpaper, followed by a finer sandpaper, to remove any excess gesso ensures a flawless painting surface.

The canvases are now taking on a nice even finish, but there are a couple more sessions to go before I’m ready to paint.

June 19, 2023

June 18, 2023

Canvas Prep – Sessions 6 & 7

Another early morning with a sixth session of gesso followed by a seventh in the afternoon. Both canvases are starting to look nice and smooth, but my discerning eye sees a wee canvas texture as I scan the surface. Some gentle scuffing and a couple of light sessions to go still, but overall, I am getting excited about these so far.

June 18, 2023

June 17, 2023

Canvas Prep – Sessions 4 & 5

This morning started with a fourth session of gesso and a fifth session by mid-day.

Both canvases are starting to look smoother, but a bit of canvas texture is still coming through, which is to be expected at this point. With some gentle scuffing and a few more light gesso sessions, these canvases will be ready for a nice base coat of color before starting my paintings.

June 17, 2023

June 16, 2023

Canvas Prep – Sessions 2 & 3

Few will ever realize the work that goes into a painting before the painting even begins. I like to paint on as smooth a surface as possible, but I also love canvas.

Through the application of several light layers, my gesso process removes any canvas texture and creates the perfect slate-smooth surface for my work.

June 16, 2023

June 15, 2023

Location. Check. Canvas. Gesso. Check.

It’s happening! I visited my collector with the brand-new beast this afternoon and checked out the location for our upcoming shoot. Next week the two Corvettes, a stunning ’53/’54 and an ultra-decked white 70th Anniversary Corvette C8 Z06, will come together for some great shots overlooking Las Vegas to inspire my art.

Also, I picked up my two canvases and a gallon of gesso today and started my gesso process to create a slate-smooth surface. This evening was the first of many sessions prepping the canvas for paint.

June 15, 2023

June 14, 2023

Location. Location. Location.

Things are coming together. It looks like I have a beautiful location for my Corvette photo shoot. Now it’s just a matter of getting the two cars together so I can spend some time shooting miles of reference pics.

June 14, 2023

June 13, 2023

Bonzai Rocks!

Bonzai just sent me a preview of the Corvette song he is putting together for my 70th Anniversary Art Unveiling in early March 2024 at the National Corvette Museum. I wish I could share it is awesome for a first run. When Bonzai is ready, I will share it with you here. Stay tuned.

June 13, 2023

June 8, 2023

Mums The Word

The Corvette Art announcement post was shared on Facebook. The project is no longer a secret. I’m looking forward to sharing progress throughout this project. Follow my posts on Facebook at Facebook.com/ADCookArtist

June 8, 2023

June 8, 2023

Fast Company

The second car for my painting, a brand new white 70th anniversary C8 Z06 is secured for the photo shoot.

June 8, 2023

June 7, 2023

Blog Announcement

It’s official — The Blog post announcing “A.D. Corvette Art at National Corvette Museum 2024” goes live.

June 7, 2023

May, 2023

Studio Prep

Set up the studio to accommodate two large canvases side-by-side for a few months. Together they measure four feet tall by ten feet wide.

May, 2023

April 1, 2023

Classic Find

A stunning 97-point award-winning 1953/’54 Corvette was referred to me as a potential inspiration for my painting. I wasted no time in checking it out, and it is perfect. I could not ask for a better example of how this legend started. Pure classic.

April 1, 2023

March 10, 2023

Studio Prep

My friend, Bonzai Caruso, a Grammy-winning music writer, and producer, stopped by my studio. We chatted, and he mentioned that he wanted to create a song to celebrate my Corvette art project. I am beyond excited and look forward to sharing more as he puts it all together.

March 10, 2023

Early March, 2023

First Contact

The National Corvette Museum invites artist A.D. Cook to create a special painting as part of the Luster Exhibition for 2024

Early March, 2023

February, 2023

Dreams of Luster

Luster Exhibition curator David Wagner reached out to me and asked if I might be interested in creating something special for the National Corvette Museum to complement the LUSTER Exhibition in 2024.

February, 2023
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