SUPERSONIC PALETTE: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat will feature a diverse collection of art loaned by the artist and private collectors in multiple media, as well as the world premiere of new artwork from the artist. This unique collection will offer visitors the opportunity to view a variety of media all focused on one common theme: the art of taking to the sky in flight, exquisitely rendered by Mike Machat.
Machat is a master of capturing the image of all types of aircraft and his knowledge of the industry is rivaled by few. His career as an artist has included commercial concept art for airplane manufacturers, the recording of historic moments in aviation history, commissions from record-breaking pilots, and more. He extensively researches details by building models and creating multiple scale drawings to ensure that all of the aircraft are faithfully reproduced. He interviews pilots and flies the route in question during the same season and in similar weather conditions to view foliage and ground cover conditions. Several works in the exhibit will be accompanied by a selection of these research materials for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s process.
The exhibit will closely correspond with the release of Machat’s upcoming book which discusses aviation history in the United States.
Exhibition overview from Museum website
Whether or not you go, in Painting Aviation's Legends: The Art of Mike Machat, Machat has documented aviation for the past 40 years in ways never before seen, a process made possible by flying in many of the aircraft he painted, and developing life-long personal friendships with pilots of the aircraft he has preserved for history.