Renowned Cityscape artist
takes a different slant with his new collection "Main Street America" as Route 66 is known in the USA. Neil perfectly captures all aspects of the Mother Road - the vast empty skies and open landscapes, Americana and art deco, motels, shops and period cars.
Red Pick Up | Limited Edition Giclée on paper with deckled
edges | Edition Size 45 | Image Size 15" x 12" Framed £345
The Mother Road is the epitome of the American dream - the desire to head west to seek fame & fortune, be that in the gold fields or on silver screen, or just making it big in California - is deeply ingrained in the American psysche. Formally adopted as Route 66 in 1926, in the words of Chuck Berry, “It winds from Chicago to LA - over 2,000 miles along the way” - the very words bring up visions of the open road, big landscapes and empty skies. Linking old America with the promised land of the west coast, and running through 8 states, linking big cities and small towns - Route 66 had it’s heyday in the 1950’s & 60”s. Motels, bars & restaurants, gas stations & food stores sprang up all along the way, to supply the long distance travellers, tourists, bikers & truckers. The road inspired many songs, and featured in movies and TV shows, and has inspired artists to this day.
Since these glory days, the fortunes of Route 66 have waned - Interstate highways have replaced the old two lane
road in most places, and the towns & trucks ops that once thrived have declined, and in many cases disappeared.
But there are still many places where glimpses of the old Route 66 can be seen…..the old motels, neon signs,
gaudy stores and gleaming gas stations hark back to the golden era of road travel.