“Heroes” – Acrylic on canvas – 30” x 20”
We’ve been collaborating with photorealist Bob Petillo for several months now. And yet, his work continues to blow our mind each and every time. Case in point, you can actually make out the tiny little scratches etched into the chrome on this vintage firetruck’s bell. For those just joining us, I am alluding to the fact that you’re looking at a painting, not a photograph. While I try to figure out how a paint brush can even achieve this level of astronomically amazing detail, here is what Bob had to say on the 11th installment in his Reflections of America Series.
“I was at the annual Sussex County, NJ fireman’s parade in 2004. Every town’s finest engines and firefighters were there. I then went to the town recreation center where the festivities and presentation of awards continued. Among police and first aid vehicles, this 1950 fire engine was parked next to another 1924 antique. Sometimes you just step in it. It was a photo moment not to be forgotten. The guys were giving a demo drill, so I took a bunch of pictures and put it all together in this painting. It’s a tribute to fire fighters across America.”
Perhaps your best work yet Bob. Good show!