2014, 36″x 26″
This painting depicts a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air parked outside the historic Esplendor Breakwater Hotel at 940 Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. The hotel was built in 1939 in Art Deco / Mediterranean style. I was inspired by the relationship between the style and colors of the classic car that was parked outside the hotel every day and the building and palm trees behind it, and the play of warm yellow light that filtered through the trees onto the hotel wall. There were usually so many modern cars parked alongside the Chevy that in the end I got up very early one morning and caught the scene when only the ’55 Chevy was parked there…
This painting is part of my Miami Beach Art Deco Series which currently comprises:
Ocean Surf Caddy
Park Central Olds
Duke WilsonJanuary 11, 2016
I used to be a photographer back in the day when film was king and digital was just whispers in the dark. But I haven’t picked up a camera in 25 years. Lately I’ve been wanting to get back into photography and learn digital. Today I discovered your work, and My pulse quickened as I drew in a deep breath. These classic cars against the backgrounds of art deco style hotels bathed in rich, warm Miami sunlight, with your interpretation, truly moved me! I’m inspired!!! Thank you.
jeremysuttonJanuary 11, 2016
Thank you, Duke, for your very kind words. I am so glad you enjoy my interpretations of those magnificent classic cars juxtaposed in front of the beautiful South Beach Art Deco hotels.