UNDER PRESSURE - PAINTING WITH AIR
A Survey of Contemporary Airbrush Realism
While we were chatting about that exhibit and my artwork, Dave mentioned that he was on the lookout for other good exhibit ideas to build on LUSTER’s success. Of course, my natural reaction was to suggest an airbrush exhibition since I am passionate about that medium, and genuinely believe that it is under-represented in the fine art world. To his credit, Dave jumped on it!
Armed with my idea, he began searching for artists of national and international importance when he returned home and continued to do so over that summer. Among the artists whose work appealed to Dave, was Cesar Santander. To enlist his participation, Dave and his family visited Cesar at his home and studio during their holiday stay in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend and enlisted his participation. Other important artists followed, and the exhibit subsequently unfolded into reality.
In short order, Dave reached out to and got commitments from airbrush artists; Silvia Belviso (Italy; now Charleston, SC); Dru Blair (Charleston, SC); Don Eddy (New York, NY); David Evanoff (Cleveland, GA); Bruce Evans (Philadelphia, PA); George Green (1943-2020, Portland, OR); Kirk Lybecker (Portland, OR); Jerry Ott (Duluth, MN); Alan Pastrana, (Plainville, CT); Cesar Santander (New York, NY); Hisaya Taira (Tokyo, Japan); and Joshua A. Zarambo (Richmond, VA).
While I could not directly participate in UNDER PRESSURE, I celebrate these artists’ fantastic work, all coming together in the sharing of world-class airbrush art.
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Behind the Scenes: Setting Up Under Pressure: Painting with Air
Video Oct 26, 2021 — Follow along as the Huntsville Museum of Art installs the exhibition, “Under Pressure: Painting with Air – A Survey of Contemporary Airbrush Realism.” This exhibition, premiering at HMA, showcases 45 artworks in a wide range of themes by 15 exceptional airbrush artists.
David J. Wagner, Ph.D.