Ken Scaglia’s The Art of the Automobile at the Westport Library
The Art of the Automobile an installation by Ken Scaglia opens Friday, October 4 in the Great Hall of the Westport Library in Westport CT. The exhibition includes photorealistically rendered automobiles in acrylic on canvas, and will be on view through January 8, 2014, with an opening reception on Friday, October 4 from 6:00–7:30 pm.
Growing up in Indiana surrounded by farmland, Weston artist Ken Scaglia was raised on the excitement of the Indy 500 and a dragster housed in a local gas station. Many of the classic cars collected today filled the streets of his childhood, and, as a child, he began endlessly drawing Ford, Chevy, and Plymouth muscle cars.
Scaglia eventually got degrees in illustration technology and visual communication from Purdue University and an MFA in graphic design from Yale, but after years of working in graphic design, decorative painting, and teaching, he rediscovered his love of painting cars in 2005 when starting to paint again for himself.
Scaglia’s favorite cars to paint are pre-1970 models, whose chrome, deep clear-coated paint, and sculptural bodywork seize his attention. His challenges as a painter arise from a private bet he has with himself about whether he can render a piece of chrome, smooth paint color, or reflection using his self-restricting painting methods: He uses only acrylic paint, water, and brushes—no airbrushes, drying extenders, or glazes. He achieves color depth with thin layers of paint, making smooth transitions with a brush and considerable anxiety that the paint will dry too fast. He says, however, that the entire process helps him focus, commit, and get ready to work on a painting for weeks.
Ken Scaglia, an adjunct professor of graphic design, has been working in graphic design since 1984, specializing in book design since 1990, and also maintains a painting studio in Weston. kenscagliastudios.com. Scaglia holds an A.A.S. and B.A. from Purdue University, and a M.F.A. from Yale University.
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