Artist Hurls Paint Onto Learjet Engine

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Princess Tarinan von Anhalt's creative process may be a bit more powerful than the average artist these days.

"My studios are ateliers of the world and my paintbrushes are $10 million jets," she said Tuesday as she hurled paint into a Learjet engine, splattering the colors onto a canvas to create the abstract designs she has become known for. The jet engine pushes the paint into a force several times greater than hurricane winds, creating an intense power and heat.

"The velocity can get to hurricane 5. The heat - 500 degrees. Combined that with the Florida temperature and it's hot," she said in her black tight Lara Croft-inspired paint suit.

"The timing of the velocity and the heat and the paint, and so many other conditions, is what creates art."

She began in 2006 after studying under her late husband and mentor who is credited with creating this form of art 30 years ago.

Tuesday's demonstration is part of an event by a private jet services company and an art group to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Learjet.

Tarinan von Anhalt become princess when she married Prinz Jurgen von Anhalt and trained in the process known as Jet Art. She is billed as the first woman in the world to brave the jet stream to create her art.

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