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The first Art on the Fly artists have been selected

Willard Airport and 40 North have a new collaboration, Art on the Fly, that will feature the work of local artists at the airport. The work will be reproduced on vinyl and displayed at the securty checkpoint.

The first featured artists are EKAH with “Road to Nowhere” and Hua Nian with “Persisiting Red”.

Image of a graphite and digital painting with a gray background. A heavyset man is sitting in a red plane on a pedestal. He has flying goggles and and scarf that looks like it is blowing in the wind. Image provided by 40 North.© EKAH, Road to Nowhere, 2020. Image provided by 40 North.

“The illustration was created as part of an animated, lenticular triptych, which depicts a person’s life, from childhood to adulthood, as one moves through one’s life dreaming about traveling to faraway places. Even when one has traveled many miles the dreams and the destination remain the same. The image was drawn in graphite, then scanned and digitally painted to add color.” EKAH

An image of an abstract acrylic painting with red, orange, green, white, and black forms. Image provided by 40 North.© Hua Nian, Persisting Red, 2007. Image provided by 40 North.

“I painted this piece as part of an abstract series I call “game of colors. Even though there is a big oval shape in the foreground, my main idea relates to the small areas of red: they are a celebration of the small yet persistent forces within us which can conquer all of our obstacles.” Hua Nian

Top image © EKAH, Road to Nowhere, 2020. Image provided by 40 North.

Staff writer

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