The American Car : A Family Portrait

 

In countless vintage photos, families, couples, and even dogs are posed in front of their cars-- as if the vehicle itself is a member of the family. These pictures show both pride and affection. Fascinated, I decided to use them as the starting point for a series of works.

 

Through copying and recopying, I transform each photograph before digitally printing it onto canvas. In this greatly enlarged image I can imagine

and create the life of the people in the photos. Who were they? What were they doing the moment the photo was taken? What happened to them later? I abstract the images with layers of acrylic paint in an attempt to recover those faded lives: a visual perception/translation of how I imagine the past locales and the people in the photos in a romanticized way. I feel as if I have come to know them personally, creating a connection to them through color and texture.

 

When I process these imaginings I realize how similar feelings of family and pride are a constant emotion in human lives, and how transient we humans really are: the only difference is time, and it flies faster than a speeding green roadster.

Cadillac Candy
54"x 34" SOLD
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Cadillac Candy
detail SOLD
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Queen Pat
40” x 60”
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Queen Pat
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Parker & Barrow
40"x60" SOLD
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Parker & Barrow
detail SOLD
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Looking For Adventure
40"x60"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Looking For Adventure
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Cruisin' For Chicks
36"x 36"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Cruisin' For Chicks
details
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Dog Is My Co-Pilot
52"x 35"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Dog Is My Co-Pilot
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Furlough, 1943
34"x 46"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Furlough, 1943
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
All In The Family
56"x 35"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
All In Family
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Under A Paper Moon
52"x 35"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Under A Paper Moon
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Pennsylvania Boy
52"x 35"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Pennsylvania Boy
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Ain't Love Grand?
52"x 35"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Ain't Love Grand?
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me
40"x60"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Roadtrip: Geraldine & Me
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Summer Of Love
35"x 35" SOLD
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Summer Of Love
detail SOLD
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Slide Over Baby
54"x 34"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Slide Over Baby
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Wally & Me, Ohio 1937
40"x60"
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Wally & Me, Ohio 1937
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Box Lunch Picnic
46” x 36”
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Box Lunch Picnic
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Alice / NJ to CA
46” x 36”
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
Alice / NJ to CA
detail
printed vintage photo, acrylic on raw linen
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