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Ornamentations: Vol. 1 – The Chrome Jet

July 19th, 2011 by Stu

Acrylic on canvas 20”x 16”

You all remember artist and acclaimed photorealist Bob Petillo’s Reflections of America series. You know, the long running Man on the Move installment of auto-themed paintings that look just like photographs. Well, Bob has a new series of amazing photo-inspired work, this time paying homage to the many charming ornaments adorning automobile hoods across the ages. The series is aptly named “Ornamentations” and the first installation you see above, titled “The Chrome Jet”, is straight off of ’55 Chevy Bel Air.

“Looking like a nasty bird of prey, this intense study of “how to” paint Chrome doesn’t leave out even the most subtle variation of color or sparkle. You have to love sculpture to appreciate the shape and form of the old hood ornaments. Chrome transforms these 3-D American iconic symbols to the max, reflecting images surrealistically”

Reproductions of these and the “Reflections of America” series are available on


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