Another amazing work from our friend Bob Petillo, this time using a beautiful BMW Z8 in SOHO as his subject. Painted in Photorealism, this 48″ x 32″ Acrylic on canvas painting sits in the private collection of Jacqueline Lefrak, New York City. Here’s a little more from Bob on the project…
About Photorealism: The man who gave us the name “Photorealism” is the New York City gallery owner and art agent Louis K. Meisel, who has published various books about Photorealism as a valid modern art genre. Photo-realism is a name given to the art of making a painting look like a picture taken with a camera. In other words, the sparkles on the cars I paint pictures of will show prisms and glares very much like those created by light through a camera lens.
About “Tenement“: A friend and I decided to spend a day visiting some Soho galleries of New York City. Parking a few blocks away, the walk there revealed this amazing reflection in the hood of a BMW Z8. WOW!
I took a few pictures, then a few more, and even more stepping back further and further almost falling into an open sidewalk stairwell. Good thing I was with someone. Had she not yelled “Bob!” it might have been my last picture, last thought, last moment. Instead it was a beginning. Having already painted “Red, White and Blue”, this image inspired a whole new series. While painting it, I thought about the scene. An economic upgrade to that part of New York City in this decade would see a BMW parked across the street from a renovated apartment building, now a high end, upscale condo. Hey, it’s walking distance from Soho, a major world cultural center, reflecting modern America. It’s a “Reflection of America” perhaps to be more appropriately rendered as reflections in American classic cars…but that’s a whole other story and painting.