Disappearing diners: the photo-realistic paintings of John Baeder

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Few things symbolise the USA of the 20th century more than the diner, that peculiarly American restaurant beloved of truckers and beat poets alike. 
 
Despite their humble functions, these diners were often beautifully designed, covered in chrome and with the of futuristic signage you’d see along the Las Vegas strip in the days of the Rat Pack. 
 
Artist John Baeder has spent decades documenting them, his photo-realistic style perfect for the saturated palate of the US highway. A former art director at a New York advertising agency, he started painting full time in 1972, and since then has had more than 30 solo exhibitions at galleries across the States. 
 
A new book, John Baeder’s Road Well Taken, collates the best of his work. As these selected pictures show, the America that Baeder so beautifully depicted is rapidly disappearing, being replaced by mega-restuarants selling mega portions to mega-sized citizens. That’s what makes the collection both beautiful and melancholic. 
 
If you’d like to find out more about Road Well Taken, just click here. It’s one hell of a journey. 
 
 
 
http://www.vendomepress.com/john-baeders-road-well-taken/







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