Major celebrity painters appeared at the Sherwin-Williams® Automotive Finishes booth at SEMA 2019 to display their artwork and meet fans from all over the world.
More than 35 custom painted panels created by some of the industry’s most celebrated painters were on display, including Steve Gibson, Joe Martin, Ryan “Ryno” Templeton, Darren Wenzel, and many others. The panels were sold through a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Blazing Trails Scholarship Fund. This non-profit organization was established in a partnership between Larsen Motorsports with Sherwin-Williams to address the talent shortage facing the automotive industry, specifically collision repair.
"We're honored to be able to work with these painters throughout the year, and we're even more honored to share some of their best work with the world on the industry's biggest stage," Vice President, Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes Division Rob Mowson said. “We’re committed to providing industry-best automotive finishes, but we know that nothing happens without the painter. The individuals we are spotlighting in our gallery are this generation’s absolute best, and with the proceeds from the auction, we are thrilled and honored to make an investment in the next generation as well.”
Sherwin-Williams paid much respect to the painters, refinishers, pinstripe artists and air brushers of the world at SEMA 2019. The company created a gallery-inspired space that included several impressive builds, as well as a showcase with cutting-edge new refinish systems and custom paint products. Attendees were able to find out more about Sherwin-Williams’s Ultra 9K™ Waterborne Basecoat System, Ultra 7000®, DeBeer®, House of Kolor® and Matrix Edge™. Throw in a full schedule of celebrity appearances, a silent art auction, and other surprises, and you end up with a booth that was buzzing with activity during all four days of the show.
Templeton appears at a lot of shows as a reality show star and renowned airbrush artist, but he never gets tired of it. “SEMA is the Super Bowl and everyone wants to be here,” he said. “Sherwin-Williams is a premier brand, so being associated with them in any way is outstanding.