Earlier this year, novelist Thomas Pynchon hand-picked an image by artist Darshan Zenith for the cover of his new novel. For die-hard fans, the picture gives a glimpse into the reclusive writer’s mind.
The painting is full of allusions to classic works of surf art, a set of references that must have pleased Pynchon. ThomasPynchon.com un-covered the scoop:
“The 1959 Cadillac Hearse is parked in front of the “Endless Summer Surf Shop” (namechecking the Beach Boys Greatest Hits collection and Bruce Brown’s 1966 surfing documentary!) … He paints only the background of the image (the sky, sea, palm trees &c.) and scans the painting into his computer. He then uses 1:18-scale metal diecast models of the cars, photographed against a white background, and loads the digital photo into the computer … the final work is a digital creation, and there is no original painting of the work.”
(Via Conversational Reading)