The antique automobiles that inspire the paintings of Bryant J. Stewart not only preoccupy the artist’s mind, but also his physical environment. He revels in the distorted reflections, fluid colors, and patina rusts of the vintage vehicles that he paints, while equally enjoying the thrill of driving a ’58 Chevy panel truck that he has owned for over 39 years.
Bryant Stewart has exhibited his paintings at numerous auto museums including the Saratoga Antique Auto Museum, the Golden Age of Truck Museum, and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. His auto art has been featured in numerous car magazines, and he accepts commissions on a regular basis from car enthusiasts all over the country. In addition to oil painting, etching
and prismacolor drawing are his mediums of choice.
Earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Bryant spent one year as an exchange student at Oxford University in England, where he focused on the classical art of the Baroque period and the techniques of the masters. While there, Stewart was introduced to anamorphoses, a classical painting method that deals with a distorted representation of reality. In the anamorphic painting process, a careful geometric layout of the image is drawn and then traced in a grid. The image then looks stretched and distorted, but when viewed from an
oblique angle or reflected in a polished cylinder, such as an exhaust pipe extension, the image can be deciphered accurately as it appears in reality.
Reception: Saturday, October 23, 1:00-4:30 PM