LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Paintings

National Museum Tour - 2018 to Current

15 artists • 60 original artworks • 20 museums

AMERICA and MOMENTUM at the National Corvette Museum LUSTER Exhibit, 2024

Photo courtesy of the National Corvette Museum © 2024

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting features a selection of dazzling paintings of vehicles from the birth of the automobile and motorcycle to the present. As such, LUSTER is a celebration of automotive design and style and contemporary artist virtuosity.

The birth of the modern car occurred in Germany over 150 years ago. The first internal combustion 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 had already emerged two years earlier, in 1901, from a bicycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts. Much has changed since those early automotive years, but perhaps nothing more so than styling in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which expressed itself artistically and culturally in so many ways.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have not only been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways, but also in film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photo-realism in the 1960s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in the iconography of American art.

David J. Wagner, Ph.D.
Curator/Tour Director

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A.D. Cook Featured Artworks

original epic paintings on canvas

MOMENTUM, 48″ x120″ (photo courtesy of National Corvette Museum)

America motorcycle art by A.D. Cook (detail shot)

48″ x 60″

INDIAN SUMMER motorcycle painting by A.D. Cook

48″ x 36″

DREAM 103 by A.D. Cook, motorcycle artist

24″ x 36″

Tour Itinerary

Museum of Arts and Sciences

Daytona Beach, FL

Premiere: March 10 through June 21, 2018
in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week March 9 - 18, 2018

Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum

Logan, KS

July 20 through September 9, 2018

Maria V. Howard Arts Center

Rocky Mount, NC

October 1 through December 23, 2018

The Evelyn Burrow Museum

Hanceville, AL

January 12 through February 10, 2019

Saginaw Art Museum

Saginaw, MI

March 1 through May 19, 2019

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center

Pueblo, CO

June 7 through September 30, 2019

Haggin Museum

Stockton, CA

November 7, 2019 through February 2, 2020

The Morris Museum of Art

Augusta, GA

March 6 through May 10, 2020

The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Springfield, MA

June 1 through August 23, 2020

Artist’s post > Indian Summer in Springfield

The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art

Bolivar, MO

October 18, 2020 through April 25, 2021

Art Museum of South Texas

Corpus Christi, TX

June 1 through September 12, 2021

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

New London, CT

October 23, 2021 through January 2, 2022

The Museum of the Rockies

Bozeman, MT

January 22 through May 01, 2022


Auburn, IN

June 1 through January 15, 2023

The Citadelle Art Museum

Canadian, TX

February 14 through May 21, 2023

The Dennos Museum Center

at Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse Bay, MI

June 11 through September 3, 2023

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

San Angelo, TX

October 5, 2023 through February 14, 2024

National Corvette Museum

Bowling Green, KY

March 15 through January 5, 2025

I created a special 70th Anniversary painting for this Exhibition only. Click for details.

The Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center

Lake Charles, LA

February 1 through April 30, 2025

The Las Cruces Museum of Art

Las Cruces, NM

May 23 through August 16, 2025

Additional Venues Pending

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Exhibition photos provided by David J. Wagner and participating museums. Photos © copyright by their respective owners. Used by permission.

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