Our Family Car, 1984
1950 Chevrolet Seda
Using pinstriping brushes and lacquer-based textile crayons, artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940- 2011) transformed his family’s 1950 Chevrolet sedan into a lowrider with what he called “a lighthearted kind of folk art narrative.” Unlike other lowriders, Luján humorously blends the aesthetic elements of street rods with symbols of Chicana/o culture. Through his playful use of language and imagery, Luján blurs the arbitrary distinctions between hot rods and lowriders, folk art and fine art, and artist and artisan.
1950 Chevrolet Sedan, Our Family Car, 1984, Gilbert “Magu” Luján, Collection of Paul Dunlap