It is something extraordinary for a woman being deeply fond of cars, isn’t it? Artist Cheryl Kelley takes this one step further by using classic muscle cars as the main theme of her art. When we read more about her, we slowly discover she has been drawn into classic cars since her early childhood days. According to her, big engine cars may seem musculine, fueled by raw testosterone, albeit the form of them rather has feminine curves. Taking this irony as a starting point, she continues her exploration into issues of gender, power, and freedom.
Cheryl Kelley explains her art with these words:
“My work could be called photo – based realism. I work from photographs that I take at car shows and museums. The images are manipulated and become somewhat more real in the painting than their photographic predecessor. I use oil on canvas because I believe it is the most sensual of all mediums and it allows me the freedom to have varying techniques within my work. My brush strokes range from very tight and smoothly blended to very loose and expressive to create an illusion of openness and depth. My surfaces are smooth and a high gloss varnish is used to mimic the surface of a car. These works can appear both photo realistic and gesturally abstract depending on the position of the viewer which seems to me to be a perfect metaphor for the American Dream in all its complexity.”