This piece of art is a slice of aluminum that's been airbrushed using auto paint and such. It's a phenominal piece done by this artist, Dean Loucks. He's the most saught after artist to paint speed boats, RVs and motorcycles. He'll paint anything (he painted his own helicopter) and he's done a lot of work for celebrities and racers, both boat and car. I've had the opportunity to browse his studio a few times and each time I can't believe the work they've got in there! The colors are always amazing and I can't think of many artists as cutting-edge as Dean.
He requested this piece be framed with a mat and a matte black frame. Not exactly easy considering we were working with a high gloss piece of art that has saturation of color that far exceeds any mats I could pair with it! I knew the piece was for his house, not his studio, so I also thought it would be fun to put an industrial twist to it.
Dean was thrilled with the end result! I ended up selecting a semi-matte metallic silver for the mat as it didn't appear flat or gloss and really helped blend the matte finish frame with the glossy artwork. I undercut the mat so it would almost appear as an added piece of metal rather than a paper matboard. For the industrial twist I threw on the Jonathan Adler corner ornaments in shiny nickel.
Finished it was a large piece, as you can see it in proportion to me as I'm standing there. It will be a great addition to his home gallery. I hope there are more fun projects like this still to come!
**SIDENOTE: notice how I mentioned mat and matte in this post? Well, some people get confused about what the different meanings are - mat is slang for matboard which is the paper or cotton-rag board that is custom cut and situated around the artwork as decoration between the artwork and frame. Matte is a technical term for a type of finish. It means that the finish on something is dull or not shiny. You can associate some framing terms with those used for wall paint types: matte, eggshell, semi-gloss, satin, gloss, high sheen gloss, etc. Just a little FYI!