The most expensive paintbrush ever? Florida-based princess uses wind and heat from a private jet's engine to make art


20 January 2015

Princess Tarinan von Anhalt - whose husband was the late Prince Jurgen von Anhalt of Austria - creates art with the help of a very powerful and expensive paintbrush - a jet engine.

The Miami, Florida resident gets behind the revving engine of an $11million Learjet - a brand of private plane - and throws a can of paint into the air, which catches the wind and splatters color onto a canvas.

This artistic technique is not only unusual, but it also requires some endurance, since the winds produced by the engine are several times more powerful than a hurricane, and the temperature can get up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

'To an outsider first seeing it, it's quick, fast movements,' she says of her painting technique.
The princess then tosses paint from a can into the strong winds, causing its bright color to splatter onto the white canvas like fireworks.

 

'Every moment we're capturing a moment in time,' she explains, adding: 'I myself, the artist, cannot duplicate my own work.'


The princess was the first woman to do Jet Art in 2006, after her husband - who invented the technique in 1982, and was credited with bringing Jackson Pollock's concept into the Jet Age - passed away.

Now, she even uses jet engine power to decorate pieces of clothing including sportswear, swimwear, luggage, and jeans. But a project has taken the New York-born princess to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she is helpedg to celebrate the Learjet's 50th anniversary.

'I'm lucky and happy to use any jet that I can,' she said of the project. 'I'm going to paint until i faint!'

Princess von Anhalt may be the artist, but it takes more than one person to complete the finished work of art.

For this project, she has hired a pilot to start and stop the aircraft engine as she directs.

'I told the pilot, we use one engine for today,' she explains. 'We're not doing take-off power - unless I become the Flying Nun!'


The unusual painting technique works because 'heat welds and blends the paint onto a reinforced canvas. The result is a synthesis of power, timing and environment. It is the art of a visionary's sense of color, texture and balance that creates these unusual abstract, paintings.'

Her next goal is to use the power from one jet engine to give another jet a paint job.




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