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High-Class Isolation: Painting by Andrew Valko

A painting of a drive-in movie screen showing a close-up of an actor's faceAstronaut's Wife, acrylic on panel

Winnipeg-based artist Andrew Valko creates stunning hyper-realistic paintings of drive in movies and scenes from hotels. His paintings carry with them a sense of high-class isolation and Hollywood idolatry.


I really enjoy the look of the artist’s drive-in paintings, with the stark contrast between the close-up portraits of female stars, and the cars, pictured in the half-darkness of twilight, with shadowy figures sometimes visible inside, watching the film. The lack of border on the movie screens makes these works look almost like bizarre collages at first glance.


A painting of a drive-in theatre at duskGone, acrylic on panel

Valko has also done series of paintings and drawings featuring subject matter such as people and scenes from the interiors of motel rooms, and UFOs. All of these works share a similar brooding, slighter sinister undertone that makes me really interested in the story behind each image. The glossy cars and anonymity of his hotel rooms are reminiscent of other artists painting scenes of urban sprawl


A painting of a car parked in front of a motel at daybreakDay Break, acrylic on panel

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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