Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Crush bottle on crushed Crush cans

Acrylic on gessoed birch panel, 24 x 16"
painting #244, 2017

This painting is my largest to date and took a whole two months to complete. The idea and concept had been on the back-burner for a few years. While the Crush soda pop cans are readily available and are sold in rainbow pack which includes these three flavours + Mugs Root Beer, the bottle was a challenge to find and even more so to paint. I ended up acquiring the bottle last summer from the most gigantic estate sale imaginable in Summerside, PEI. They had thousands of vintage pop bottles, mason jars and other bottles. I did end up buying several which will certainly appear in future paintings. 

Orange Crush soft drink was invented by American chemist Neil C. Ward and was introduced and marketed in 1911 as Ward's Orange Crush.  The shape of this particular bottle was designed by industrial designer Jim Nash in 1955. Click on this LINK for a great article on the bottle design. 

It is difficult to estimate the age of this bottle, since the province of Prince Edward Island only lifted a ban and started to sell soft drinks in cans in 2008. Prior to this, carbonated beverages were only sold in refillable, money-back bottles. With Canada adopting the metric system in the 1970's, this bottle was certainly produced afterward.

I am pleased to announce that this painting will be part of a two-person show this fall being held at the Fog Forest Gallery in Sackville, NB. 

Harvest by Yvon Gallant and Alvin Richard
October 12 - November 8, 2017
Opening reception - Thursday October 12, 6:30- 8:00 pm

Fog Forest Gallery
14 Bridge Street
Sackville, NB, Canada
(506) 536-9000
e-mail- janet@fogforestgallery.ca