Posts Tagged ‘automobiles’

Artist of the moment………..Ron Van Der Ende


Ron Van Der Ende is a Dutch artist who makes bas reliefs out of found wood. Ron Van Der Ende was born in Delft, the Netherlands in 1965. The artist attended what is now called the Willem De Kooning Academie based out of Rotterdam.

Van Der Ende is based out of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Ron Van Der Ende. The views from this clip show how dimensional his work appears:

Below a link to the website of Van Der Ende. Its a great website with many large sized images:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

My favorite aspect of the artists work is the incredible feeling of three dimensions I find in his art. Another great aspect that comes from using found wood his automobiles looked worn and aged.

If you enjoy this style of work as much as I do be sure and check out another Dutch artist renown for producing the same type of wall reliefs out of salvaged wood that use shoes as the main subject matter, Diederick Kraaijeveld.





Artist of the moment…….John Salt


John Salt is an English painter renown for his photorealist style of painting. John Salt was born in Birmingham, England in the year 1937.

The artist often paints old and sometimes abandoned vehicles and R.V. parks.

Salt began studies at the Birmingham School of Art when only 15 years of age. Salt studied at Birmingham for six years before transferring to the Slade School of Art located in London, England. Salt went on to earn a M.F.A.  from the University of Maryland located in the United States.

Salt was most popular during the 1960s and 1970s. The artist would use an airbrush to render many of these exquisite works. In the 1980s he started to use casein rather than acrylic paint.

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 for a print to $200,000 for an original in oils. He also painted in watercolors, casein, and acrylics.

What I enjoy most about this artist is his subject matter. Having driving by many R.V. parks over my life, it wasn’t until seeing John Salt’s paintings that I began to look at them from an artistic point of view.



Artist of the moment………..Ronald Kleemann



Ronald Kleemann is an American artist renown for his photo realist paintings of automobiles and firetrucks. Ron Kleemann was born in Bay City, Michigan in the year 1937. Kleeman attended the College of Architecture and Design located at Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Below a short interview with Ron Kleemann:

At the beginning of his art career he worked as a sculptor, then an abstract painter who used shaped canvases, and finally a figure painter before moving on to the photorealism we associate with the artist.

Below a link to the website of Ronald Kleemann:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $250,000. Kleeman works in oils, acrylics, and is an established printmaker.

The artist is based out of Valatie, New York.

Kleemann has a great sense of design and his portrayals of firetrucks are amazing for his great control of the color red.


Artist of the moment…..Robert Gniewek

Considered part of the second wave or generation of photo realist painters. He concentrates on classic “Americana ” images such as cafes, roadside diners, and motels. Also has done a series on small town theaters, not the chain theaters you would see showing Harry Potter, but older smaller theaters specializing in Independent movies.

He also loves gas stations, the kind you might see in Mayberry. In this reguard he reminds me of Ed Ruscha, and his famous gas station painting.

One of many photorealist painters included in a book by gallery owner Louis K. Meisel who also represents the artist. The website for the gallery is:

This artist is great with color, similar in technique to Robert Cottingham. Cottingham is a master at painting letters and words as artforms. Both artists enjoy mixing warm and cool light sources. Natural sunlight for a cool light and neon light for a warm light source.

Although people might say it just looks like a photograph, the artist is a master at painting the reflections of light that you might see in a window. His diners hav a warm light glow that makes them look very inviting, as if in a time capsule. The mixture of warm and cool light sources on the neon signs gives the picture an added depth to go along with a very unique design.

The artist was born in 1951 in Detroit, Michigan.

The artist attended college in Detroit, Michigan studying at Wayne State University for both his bachelor and masters degrees in art.

High range price: $20,000

Low range price: $2,ooo

Try painting a hot dog stand, or small to go coffee stand, or newspaper stand. Try to nail the atmosphere and essence of the moment!

Happy painting!