In an era of superficiality and shiny logos from our corporate overlords, Kevin Cyr likes to cherish the other side of the spectrum. Able to find beauty in "derelict cars and unkempt landscapes" and combined with his interest in "painting vehicles and scenes that have defined the evolution of the American landscape," his gallery of paintings featuring vans covered in graffiti are a true reflection of the age we live in.
I commemorate commercial vehicles inundated with graffiti and rust, working vehicles, and well-traveled recreational vehicles. I find that there is so much character in old delivery trucks and vans -- especially when covered with graffiti -- and in the old RVs parked off a main road. Removing them from their everyday context gives them portrait-like importance. I paint with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age.
Painting and drawing these objects gives me a chance to document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.
Permission to use the above image was kindly granted from Kevin after much bugging on my part.
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