King of dirt

Photorealist painting of TJ Lavin pulling a backflip turndown

Acrylic on MDF board. 62x91cm. Completed 2000.

Original painting for sale – $750+framing. Prints available.

Titled ‘King of Dirt’ after the contest series, this artwork features a BMX rider (TJ Lavin), mid-trick, over a big dirt jump. The scene is on Pier 17 in New York city! Photorealism is the only way such an image could be painted properly. This painting is where Bert first began to use the incredible power of a computer to manipulate the image before starting on the drawing, the image was changed to reduce the obvious curvature from the wide angle lens.

The source was from Snap BMX magazine and the photographer was Keith Mulligan.

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