Supersonic Palette, The Art of Flight by Mike Machat

If it’s about airplanes, Mike Machat is your go-to source. A master of capturing the image of all types of aircraft, his knowledge of the industry is rivalled by few.

The Riverside Art Museum is proud to present SUPERSONIC PALETTE: The Art of Flight by Mike Machat. This exhibit will feature a diverse collection of art loaned by the artist and private collectors in multiple media, as well as the world premiere of new artwork from the artist. This unique collection will offer visitors the opportunity to view a variety of media all focused on one common theme: the art of taking to the sky in flight, exquisitely rendered by Mike Machat.

Video: Supersonic Palette


Machat is a master of capturing the image of all types of aircraft and his knowledge of the industry is rivalled by few. His career as an artist has included commercial concept art for airplane manufacturers, the recording of historic moments in aviation history, commissions from record-breaking pilots, and more. He extensively researches details by building models and creating multiple scale drawings to ensure that all of the aircraft are faithfully reproduced. He interviews pilots and flies the route in question during the same season and in similar weather conditions to view foliage and ground cover conditions. Several works in the exhibit will be accompanied by a selection of these research materials for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s process. Machat’s work is prized by collectors and is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, National Soaring Museum, the U.S. Air Force and NASA Documentary Art Programs, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation. His awards are numerous, but the most recent honor was becoming the first artist to win the Combs Gates Award for Aviation History presented to Machat by the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Additionally, the exhibit will offer exciting opportunities for families, educators, school groups, and special interest groups. RAM will present supplementary activities and material highlighting the history, science, technology, and of course, artistic value of this exhibit. The exhibit will closely correspond with the release of Machat’s upcoming book which discusses aviation history in the United States. Programs will include family art programs, lectures, art workshops, and field trip days with guided exhibit tours.

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