Painting on Saw Blades
Saw-blade painting has a long history, dating back to the 18th century, and is among the earliest versions of tole painting, which was limited to folk art renderings on tin and other metal. Somehow, tole painting has grown over the years to include many renderings of folksy painting on wooden objects, furniture, and even glass substrate.

In the late 1980‘s, Rico Solinas, a native of Oakland, California, studied at Corcoran School of Art and was best known as a painter of figurative and landscapes; created a series of saw-blade paintings of trucks and service vehicles that paid homage to the American work ethic.

Some of his paintings were solemn in muted grays and tans, like Rome's majestic Galleria Borghese; others paintings bursts with bright splashes of color, as with the hyper-moderne Museum Ludwig in Cologne (home to Gottfried Helnwein's shocking Last Supper).

Hand saws — with ornate handles, hand-carved, paint-chipped, and rubbed smooth by sweat are themselves a kind of art.

First the blades are cleaned up, sanded down and then a rust proofing spray paint is applied to both sides of the saws. When the paintings are finished, a protected clear coating is applied to preserve the oil painting and the integrity of the saw blades.

This substrate may seem unusual, however, painting on tin and other metal has a long tradition in the decorative arts. German and Amish settlers brought painted households items with them when they emigrated to the United States.

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