Painter David Kammerzell's retro reveries knock nostalgia to the side at Von Tornow Gallery

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David Kammerzell put aside his past career as a commercial artist and award-winning media designer at Starz Encore to return to his first love as a painter of retro-laced canvases inspired by the romance and graphics of another time. He calls them an "homage to commercial artists and art and the way mid-century illustrators once persuaded with their technical and artistic skills."

Explains Kammerzell: "A lot of their art was exceptional. Some of it was every bit as good as the works of fine artists of the time. I paint in similar tone and manner to what they did, and I'm always trying to find something that will put me into that time and mental space."

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From architectural studies against the golden aura of blue skies and palm trees to lovingly illustrated montages of twentieth-century imagery, Kammerzell's paintings are both evocative and stylish, and more than 25 of his newest oils will go on display at a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, February 28 at Von Tornow Gallery in the Golden Triangle. The show will hang through March 15; here are a few of images of the pieces that will be featured:

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For more about David Kammerzell visit his website and Facebook page.

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