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by Nancy Thomas
There’s a reason the Newport Car Museum appeals to everyone who loves art. On their own, the fabulous cars on display (numbering more than 85) are breathtakingly beautiful, but stage them with platforms, turn tables and theatrical lighting, then surround them with artwork by David Lloyd Glover, and you have a true modern design experience.
Described as a “vivid impressionist painter,” Glover was the perfect artist to blend brilliant color with light and personality to make the Museum’s six galleries pop. His giant specially commissioned paintings include the Fin Car Gallery’s “Marilyn (Monroe) and Joe (DiMaggio)”; the Corvette Gallery’s C7-R in race mode; the American Muscle Gallery’s depiction of David Donohue in his early racing years ; and, likewise, in the Ford/Shelby Gallery, Carroll Shelby with the cars that meant the most to him. For movie buffs, Lloyd Glover’s portrait of Vin Diesel and his fellow stars from “Fast Five” (2011) embellishes a corner in the Ford/Shelby Gallery where sits a recreation of the 1965 Ford GT40 used in the filming of that classic from the “Fast and Furious” franchise.
Lloyd Glover started work as a full-time professional artist in 1969. His early years were as a newspaper illustrator and included work for Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper columnists Russell Baker of the New York Times and Nicholas Von Hoffman of the Chicago Daily News. After a stint in advertising, he returned to his artist’s studio to master the difficult medium of translucent watercolors using the classic British technique. Almost immediately he was represented by two major galleries in Vancouver, BC and quickly earned a reputation for his work as a watercolor master.
After three galleries in Los Angeles began to represent his work in the 1980s, Glover opened a Southern California studio in Pacific Palisades overlooking Malibu beach. Working in that sunny environment set him on a path to establishing his reputation with movie celebrities, recording stars and business leaders in the U.S. His paintings were featured at international art fairs, and that exposure led him to Asia. Japan was a hot art market, and Glover’s work became highly sought after by Japanese collectors. Year after year, he traveled to the orient to appear in one-man exhibitions. Every art event was a sell-out, and his collector following grew larger every year. Glover had also begun working in oil and acrylic on canvas, utilizing his emotional application of light and shade with a vivid impressionist palette. In addition to conducting traveling exhibits throughout every major city in Japan, Glover has exhibited in the largest gallery on Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive.
Glover has been an ardent admirer of the artistic styles of the Impressionists Monet, Pissarro and Sisley. He has also been inspired by the art of American painters, namely Winslow Homer, John Sargent, James Whistler and Andrew Wyeth.
David lives and works at his studio in Southern California, and some of his best work, we think (and our visitors agree) is in the Newport Car Museum!
A few more images from Glover’s gallery: