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March 12, 2009
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Industrial Age by Awtew Industrial Age by Awtew
Commissioned for McDonald's restaurant in philadelphia
train station, 30" x 40" Acrylic/Airbrush on board.

1930-40's Restaurant theme...
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OilLady Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Writer
I saw this (and the other) painting at that exact McD's in Philly at the 30th Street Station nearly 15 years ago (1998 to be exact).

I entered the search term "industrial" into the dA search engine just now and saw both of your paintings and recognised them right away. (Even though I haven't set foot in that station since 2000).

I used to commute every day through that train station for two years, and those paintings at the McD's always struck me as being quite extraordinary.

I see in your work a little bit of the Tim Burton surrealist take on the design of Gotham City from his Michael Keaton/Jack Nicholson film "Batman" from 1989. Burton went way overboard on the "overbuilt" spects of his vision of that particular crypto-New York City, and also went for an extra dark, extra heavy style of art deco. Massive archways that were impossibly scaled, etc. And then he took all that sort of look and grunged the heck out of it all.

What I perceive your paintings doing is taking a not-quite-so-heavy, but still slightly overbuilt art deco style and crafting it into the image of a pristine perfection -- no grunge at all. Just a forward-looking Utopia of energy, innovation, and a very power-focused sense of design.
Awtew Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
hi there...Thank you!
I apologize for late response I've been quite busy with painting.

I'm surprised that you remember them. It's been over a decade.
I love Industrial Art Deco of that era...It was a phase of discovery
and interest working for an interior design firm that hired me for
their concept restaurants.

best regards,
Tesla51 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beauty. I like it.
Awtew Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank YOU very much!!
TheDieselcat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
So beautiful!
Awtew Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much on my 2 paintings
Serpere Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
I'm sorry to say that it's the true art like this that is not appreciated as much as other things, wonderful work. Perhaps, the use of McDonalds on his belt was a bit excessive..? : D And I'm guessing this takes place somewhere around 1940~? Anyway, great work.
Awtew Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank YOU very much for your time and kind words... McD's Corp LOVES to have their logo everywhere. :hmm: ..I know it's a bit much...but you gave me a bright idea to Photoshop it off for future use!
Yes, the McD's restaurant Theme is !930-40's
Serpere Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
My pleasure, going through your gallery at the moment, but I wondered, what kind of work do you do? Commercial or mostly requests like this?
Awtew Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I do commercial work, mostly murals and illustrations for the
interior design restaurant industry... I'm also a design consultant,
graphic designer from image branding (corporate logos), point of
purchase, brochures, package design, etc...

My professional career expands 24 years this year.
I don't limit myself to just one genre of medium or style.

I've recently completed my first comic book.
I'm the creative director for a new tv cartoon in development.

The Batman is Joker art you see are art I do for myself,
but I'm starting to participate more in comicbook conventions
in Artist Alley and show my work.
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