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February 06, 2009

Art of the Pickup

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Given that I'm about the last blogger in the world to notice a trend, with hesitation I present the following:

"Realist" painting, as practiced a century and longer ago, was a genre featuring what was contemporary. No Greek gods, historical scenes, allegories or paintings with religious subject matter. Okay were scenes of washerwomen or peasants returning from a hard day in the fields.

That was then. What might a Realist depict nowadays?

Why not pickup trucks.

At any rate, that's what I've been noticing lately in strolls through galleries in the Santa Barbara area. Examples are below..

By Davis Jensen
This is far from Jensen's most impressive work: I can't find it on the Web. Even his website doesn't show his best stuff: lush California farm landscapes with an incidental truck here or there.

"Goin' to Town" - Jon Francis
Francis is another artist who likes putting a pickup truck into a scene. His Web page is here. Again, most of what I consider his best paintings featuring trucks are not on the Internet. For what it's worth, here are two more.

"Red Truck" - Jon Francis

"Autumn Truck" - Jon Francis

What follows is not a pickup. But I liked seeing it in the gallery nevertheless:

"1940 Fun" - Jon Francis
This isn't the "Cisco Kid California" of the 1800s, but the California I might have experienced as a boy had I been born there (as Francis was: he's a near-contemporary).

You might have noticed that none of the trucks shown is new. They're from the 1950s or before, though all seem to be depicted as they might be seen today (the red truck excepted, perhaps). Must be that brand new trucks lack character.



posted by Donald at February 6, 2009


Speaking of "pickups," when is Michael going to give us his thoughts on PUA material. I think we all recommended The Game, The Mystery Method, and The Art of Seduction.

Posted by: Thursday on February 6, 2009 7:52 PM

That 1951 Chevrolet pickup is one of the best looking pickups ever designed. That was the 3100 depicted at the top and #3. I just think the divided windshield and the two curved windows on the back sides are extremely appealing. An artist friend of mine in Wyoming got a restored one from his wife for his birthday. And it was red. He drives it everywhere.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on February 6, 2009 9:20 PM

Thursday -- I thought I deleted a duplicate comment from you and instead deleted another of your comments. I am very sorry. Please re-comment if you can.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on February 6, 2009 10:59 PM

See, if those were Australian pick-ups - utes - there would always be a dog on the back.

Posted by: dearieme on February 7, 2009 10:50 AM

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