Machines, Trucks and Cars were a compelling subject for Val Lewton’s suburban and urban painting: the building of the suburbs, the decay and revitalization of the city, the constant flux in and out of the city… a story of movement and change. Lewton documented what he witnessed. He created beauty out of the mundane. With the help of his West Coast sense of light. shadow and color, he saw “still life” and landscape, where others might see worn out vehicles. At first, images were transformed from newspaper photos. Later Lewton, a talented photographer as well as painter, was prodigious in capturing these images himself, forming his own library of possible painting subject matter. He studied them, experimented, cropped, and changed them in an effort to create a thing of beauty.

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