Opening March 15, 2024

Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting

Featured Artwork: Blue Corvette by Cheryl Kelley

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 1960’s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in the iconography of American art. ‘LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting’, is a traveling museum exhibition comprised of over 55 paintings by nearly 15 of today’s realists and hyperrealists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subject of choice.

Undergoing a major renovation to transform the space into an art gallery, Luster will take residency in the National Corvette Museum through the end of 2024. Art will be juxtaposed against Corvettes, motorcycles and other automotive icons that served as the inspiration for the work, including a 1937 Cord 812 on loan from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, IN. Plan your visit now!

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Exhibition Artists

  • A.D. Cook  (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Randy Ford (Eastampton, NJ)
  • Allan Gorman (West Orange, NJ)
  • Marc G. Jones (Loveland, CO)
  • Cheryl Kelley (Northern California)
  • Richard Lewis (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Lory Lockwood (New Orleans, LA)
  • Robert Petillo (Hardyston, NJ)
  • Kris Preslan (1945 – 2022; Lake Oswego, OR)
  • Joseph Santos (Buena Park, CA)
  • Ken Scaglia (Weston, CT)
  • John E. Schaeffer (La Grange, TX)
  • Guenevere “Moto Painter” Schwien (Portland, OR)
  • Harold D. Zabady (Camp Hill, PA)

See Cars Race to Life on Canvas

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LUSTER Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motor Cycle Painting, Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J, Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director