Airbrush artist makes sure festival's apples are crisp

Published on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:44
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON - Explicit Airbrush made a bold impression at the Apple Harvest Festival last weekend, helping to put the finishing touches on the giant ceramic apples seen in the parade.

Explicit Airbrush, located at 45 Railroad Ave., is owned by Jaimie Chasse, who painted an apple of his own for last week’s parade: the poisoned apple from Disney’s “Snow White.” He also put a clear coating on all of the other apples, painted by local artists, to help make them catch the sun and shine.

“I wanted them to give them a metallic paint job that would make the colors really vibrant,” said Chasse. “I chose the name Explicit Airbrush because of the alternate definition which means ‘leaving no doubt as to the meaning or intention.’ My work is always very defined, precise and crisp. I always work to a very high standard.”

Chasse said his services at Explicit Airbrush include simple repairs, custom fabrication, airbrush murals and graphic paintings. Seven or eight years ago, he also added fine art to his repertoire.

Chasse was approached by Southington Community Cultural Arts to lend his talents to the collaborative project. He had previously worked with Mary DeCroce when he created murals along the Rails to Trails walking path. “I donated my time and supplies to providing the coating,” said Chasse. “It was fun to see the different ways that everybody painted them and it was pretty neat on the day of the parade to see them all up close going down the street. Everyone had a different way of carting and displaying them. I had mine lifted in my Ford F-150.”

Chasse, who was born and raised in Plainville, had operated his business for 10 years there before relocating to Southington and expanding.

“I was a bit unsure at first, but the town has been very supportive of me,” he said. “I have worked with a lot of area motorcycle dealerships. Business has been really good for me and I look forward to working with other artists in the area.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:44. Updated: Wednesday, 3 October 2018 20:46.