The airbrush industry is also not immune to the measures to contain the corona virus. Trade fairs and shows like Creativa in Dortmund or Wonderworld of Airbrush in Rosmalen/NL have been postponed or cancelled. Specialist shops will have to close and airbrush courses in particular are currently not allowed. But especially for those who are at home a lot at the moment, the occupation with the airbrush technique is ideal.
We would like to point out that many airbrush dealers continue to sell their products through their online shops and are also available by phone and e-mail for questions and orders. You can find telephone numbers and weblinks in our manufacturer/dealer list. Please support the specialized trade – not only in view of the current crisis, but especially because of the professional advice and service as well as the high-quality and reliable product range, which will benefit you as a user.
Artists will also continue to be available to you for commissioned work. Commissions can be coordinated by e-mail and telephone. Provided that the recommended precautions and hygiene measures are observed, the handover of painted objects or objects to be painted can also be carried out without any problems. Telephone numbers and weblinks can be found in our list of artists.
Instead of an airbrush course, specialist books or journals currently offer initial orientation and assistance with airbrushing. Youtube videos can also be helpful – make sure that the videos are from experienced and qualified artists. Unfortunately there is also a lot of misinformation and dilettantish things to see in the videos.
The Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. is also available to answer your questions about airbrushing at any time. Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: Phone +49 (0)4151 8960922.
On the photo: Airbrush-Fachverband member Nadia Balzer
An art advisory board is to ensure the artistic quality in the airbrush association in the future. This was decided by the general meeting of the association in November 2019. Its tasks include, above all, the evaluation of membership applications as well as the selection and decision-making in artistic matters, e.g. in competitions, exhibitions, book projects and similar activities of the association. The Art Advisory Board consists of the first chairman and two other members elected by the General Assembly of Members for a period of two years. In addition to the first chairman Roland Kuck, the Berlin artist Marcus Eisenhuth and Roger Hassler, editor-in-chief of „Airbrush Step by Step“ magazine, were elected to the first art advisory board.
At the general meeting in November 2019, the members of the Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. voted by a clear majority to stop holding the Airbrush Expo in Leipzig with immediate effect. The reasons for this are mainly the cost structure of the airbrush exhibition, the organisation of which the Airbrush-Fachverband had taken over in 2015. In recent years, the event has recorded fewer and fewer exhibitors, while costs and effort have remained virtually unchanged.
The Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. has a new board: Members voted for the popular artist, teacher and author Roland Kuck to become the new president of the association. He is taking the position from Jörg Warzyceck, CEO of Createx GmbH, after being in charge for 10 years. Warzyceck had taken the position right after establishing the association in 2009 and has now resigned by his own request.
Steve Beckmann of Tropical Airbrush, the Berlin airbrush specialist dealer, will retain his 2nd chair in his second term of office. Marcus Eisenhuth, freelance artist also from Berlin, takes over the office of treasurer.
The winners of the airbrush contest „Painting LEGO®“ are found: With a major lead at the online voting, Hungarian artist Mike Tamas reached first place with his Star Wars artwork „Alone“, followed by Thomas Grocke on 2nd place featuring an „Fire & Ice“ Ninja motif. On third place is Thomas Pitz with the British „Lester Minifigure“ portrait. There have been more than 1600 votes, about half on them have been placed online, the other half by paper ballot at the Fan Meeting in Skærbæk/Denmark and at Modell-Hobby-Spiel trade fair in Leipzig/Germany. The three winners are receiving shopping vouchers at a total value of 300 Euro, that are sponsored by the member companies Harder & Steenbeck, Tropical Airbrush and Airbrush-City.
Today, artists and companies in the airbrush industry worldwide are celebrating the „Airbrush Artist Day“, the international celebration day for airbrush art and technique. Featuring the motto „Be part of this passion called airbrushing!“ there will be events, exhibitions, artist meetings, special promotions all about the airbrush and all around the world. After the idea was born in South America, US artist Gerald Mendez and his british colleague Andrew Penaluna discovered the right date: In historic documents they found out, that the name „Air Brush“ was noted for the first time on October 6, 1883, in Rockford, Illinois, USA.
Further information on the Airbrush Artist Day at #airbrushartistday.
For about 6 weeks, the members of Airbrush-Fachverbandes e.V. have painted small artworks with the airbrush on LEGO tiles, measuring only a few centimeters, to participate at the contest „Painting LEGO®“, launched by Airbrush-Fachverband e.V. The topic: LEGO, of course – in all its varieties, that the artists could imagine.
The results are now on display on the website www.airbrushfachverband.de/lego-voting. By online voting, everyone can vote for his/her favorite artwork until October 20, 2019. The best three will be awarded with a „Build an airbrush“ voucher from Harder & Steenbeck Airbrush as well as 30 rep. 50 Euro shopping vouchers, sponsored by Tropical Airbrush and Airbrush-City.
The popular exhibition „Fantasy World of Airbrush“ show in Grefrath/Germany (close to the Dutch border) takes place on August 24/25, 2019, showcasing the work of 65 arists from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Sweden. From human and animal portraits, illustration, body painting to automotive art, the whole range of airbrush art can be discovered. Especially car and bike fans will not only love the airbrush show, but also the US Car and Bike show which takes place outside the ice rink hall, providing more than a congenial framework.