John Salt

born 1937

John Salt, ‘Pink Trailer’ 1977
Pink Trailer 1977
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John Salt (2 August 1937 – 13 December 2021) was an English artist, whose greatly detailed paintings from the late 1960s onwards made him one of the pioneers of the photorealist school.

Although Salt's work developed through several distinct phases, it generally focussed on images of cars, often shown wrecked or abandoned within a suburban or semi-rural American landscape, with the banality and dishevelment of the subject matter contrasting with the immaculate and meticulous nature of the work's execution.

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