Autopia

Aerial poetry....

Our familiar rivers of concrete and steel no longer represent urban America's shared experience of freedom, daily commutes and gridlock.  Photographed from above and over-painted in vibrant colors, this series of paintings transforms aerial freeway interchanges from a conflicted reality into graphical and poetic artworks, with mythical historic landscapes that recall our agricultural past.  

The idealized landscape, painterly brushwork, flattened and shifting horizon lines, and seductive colors recall Wayne Theibaud’s Sacramento River Delta series and Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park works.

To create these works, I shot aerial photographs of Southern California freeway interchanges from a blimp or helicopter.  The images were digitally-enhanced to add or remove cars, re-work the landscape and at times, add or remove freeway lanes.  The resulting image was printed on archival watercolor paper and painted using oil or acrylic.

There are two ways to own an Autopia artwork:

  • I have selected twelve of my favorite Autopia paintings, made high res scans of them and am offering fine art prints made from them in various sizes that are available for purchase as low at $80. Click here to see the selection.

  • The original paintings are available from my galleries in two sizes of original art: 25"w x 19.5"h and 56"w x 40"h. Prices start at $3,000 for the smaller works and $7,500 for the larger pieces. Includes frames. Contact me for more details and availabilities.

Watch a short film here by Eric Minh Swenson on me painting and discussing these works.