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Last Updated: 08-12-2009

Airbrush Painting Reemerging

Syd Brak, Long Distance Kiss Syd Brak, Long Distance Kiss

Airbrush painting was once a well-known craft among graphic designers,
illustrators and fine artists, which was used to create highly rendered and
realistic images. The artist Frederick William Heine, (1845-1921) was
probably the father of realistic airbrush painting, but the artist who stands
out in my mind is Syd Brak. Brak was one of the most influential artists of
the 1980’s. He perfected a technique which allowed him to create some of
the most iconic images of that decade. Brak’s airbrush paintings for Athena
publishing group became an overnight sensation and In 1982 his poster,
Long Distance Kiss was a top selling poster in the world. Brak has produced
work for many companies, including Coca Cola, Guinness and Levi’s.

Recently reemerging, the craft of airbrushing is now being reintroduced to the
world through trend leading clothing company Print Liberation, as a stylish
one-off and urban artists such as Berlin’s El Bocho and Montreal’s Zek.

At one time familiar with the craft, I am looking forward to seeing what
direction some of the work goes in. I just hope that there is not a boom
in the industry, which produces slew of street venders selling heavily
decorated tee shirts... Or made that is the next trend. I didn’t say
heavily decorated was bad...


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