Flexjet and Jet Art Princess Create One-of-a-Kind Art Pieces Using $11 Million Learjet "Paintbrush"
- Artworks created to celebrate Learjet's landmark 50th anniversary in 2013
Apr 30, 2013, 05:31 ET
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (www.flexjet.com) – Flexjet, one of the world's most exclusive private jet services companies, has partnered with the famed Jet Art Group to create distinctive artworks in celebration of Learjet's 50th anniversary. On April 30 and May 1, 2013, at Signature Flight Support in West Palm Beach, artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt will harness the power of Flexjet's Learjet 45 XR engine to replace the traditional paintbrush.
"Fifty years ago, Bill Lear created a new category of business aviation, one focused on performance, elegance and, most notably, speed," said Deanna White, President, Flexjet. "Today, in partnership with Jet Art Group, Flexjet is celebrating Bill's innovative and adventuresome spirit by harnessing the power of his legendary work of art to create one-of-a-kind pieces to mark this golden anniversary."
To create the masterpieces, von Anhalt hurls paint into a force of approximately seven tons – several times greater than hurricane winds – while standing 50 feet between the aircraft and the canvas. The heat and velocity dispensed from the Learjet aircraft's engine blends and welds the paint onto the canvas, resulting in unusual abstract paintings. There are a number of factors von Anhalt must consider for success: wind, temperature, heat, the right thickness of the paint itself and exact timing.
"The blast from a Learjet aircraft engine creates the most amazing texture and structure, which simply cannot be achieved by a brush or a palette knife," said Princess Tarinan von Anhalt, Jet Art artist. "To create Jet Art, I need exceptional control and manipulation of the aircraft, which would not be possible without collaboration with Flexjet's highly skilled aviation specialists and technicians. It's been an honor to work with them, and the resulting artwork speaks for itself."
Since 1981, Jet Art's works have been credited with bringing Jackson Pollock's concept into the Jet Age and have been sold to collectors for sums in the six figures. Flexjet will donate one of the creations to Auction Napa Valley to help the organization raise funds for the healthcare, youth service and affordable housing non-profit organizations it supports.
For more information about Flexjet, please call 1-800-FLEXJET or visit www.flexjet.com.
Richardson, Texas-based Flexjet—a division of Bombardier, the world's largest business aviation manufacturer—first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet now offers whole aircraft ownership and management, fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services. Flexjet's fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation's Industry Audit Standard, and Flexjet is the first and only company to be honored with its 14th FAA Diamond Award for Excellence. Flexjet's fractional program fields an exclusive family of Bombardier business aircraft—the youngest in the fractional jet industry with an average age of approximately five years—including the Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 business jets. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com.
Flexjet has an approved fractional ownership program pursuant 14 C.F.R. Part 91, Subpart K, and manages flights for individual aircraft owners under Part 91 whole aircraft management program. All other flights (e.g. Flexjet 25 jet card program, charter brokerage program, etc.) are provided by certificated air carriers in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as Flexjet is not an air carrier.
The Flexjet 25 Jet Card Program is operated under Part 135 by Jet Solutions, LLC, a U.S. air carrier. Flexjet acts as an agent for Jet Solutions, LLC, in connection with the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program. Flexjet acts as an agent for the customer with on-demand charter broker services when arranging transportation operated under Part 135 by U.S. air carriers.
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Editorial images of Tuesday's Flexjet / Jet Art event are available at:
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