About The Artist:
I want the viewer to be pulled into my subject before he or she begins to think about how I got there. My automobile paintings probe into the relationships between “man and machine” combining realism and abstraction in a way that melds the familiar with the unexpected. Distorted objects reflected in the shiny surfaces create obscure images within the familiar curves of fender, chrome and headlight. When photographing the cars for painting, I often find myself reflected in the body of the car, becoming part of the object. Or is the car reflected in me, through my art? Our vehicles have become an extension of who we are and what we represent; asking the question, where does humanity end and machine begin?
Bobbie Crews is originally from Northwest Ohio, but has called Tennessee home since 1990. She works out of her studio in downtown Knoxville in the center of the arts district. Murals, portraits, design and other fine art have been her livelihood since 1993. She holds a BFA in studio art from the University of TN School of Art. Crews’ work is included in private and corporate collections nationally, in Bermuda and Africa. She works as a courtroom sketch artist, teaches workshops, and gives individual instruction in painting. She is married to Clay Thurston, an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer, who also joins Bobbie in photographing cars for her paintings. Bobbie is available to do commissioned works for clients.
Classic Car, Exotic Car, Hot Rod/Custom Car (Concept Design, Cutaway, Portrait)