Having moved to Los Angeles two years ago, artist Terry Urban was looking for a change of scenery from the concrete jungle of New York. “I wanted more nature, more of the ocean and surfing. Everybody seems to be a little bit more sunny and happy here,” said Urban on his cross country move. The artist’s quest for a new city to call home was motivated by his career return to painting. “Art basically saved my life. It brought me an open mind, it made me see art in a different way, like when The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy (originally) was in black and white before she went to color.” Known for his vibrant use of colors in art with pops of dark imagery, Terry Urban believes California has already influenced his paintings through the new terrain, people and street art he’s witnessed. From the bustle of the thriving art district to the blissful Pacific shores, there is no shortage of daily inspiration for his next canvas.
The lauded artist appreciates the newfound opportunity to drive along the City of Angels’ scenic coastline. Terry Urban describes driving as a form of meditation. While he did not have the option to drive in New York City, his first car was nicknamed the Blue Dragon and served as a sanctuary for his skateboarder friends and his then 18-year-old self.
For an artist on-the-go, the Cadillac Escalade provides a luxurious versatility for whatever the day has in store. Heading to the beach in the morning? Terry can load his surfboard in the spacious SUV trunk before hitting the Pacific waves and store a couple of his art canvases too. Thirsty for a refreshment? The Cadillac Escalade offers an available refrigerator console for Terry to store his favorite drinks. Since music plays a heavy role in the conception of his paintings, Terry can’t go a day without listening to music on the Escalade’s available AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker audio system. “Music has a huge influence in my life. I turn the ignition on, turn up the music and roll down the window (to) start driving. I listen to everything, whether it be jazz to punk, to country, to rock and roll.” For the creatives seeking all the amenities above and more compacted within a smooth drive, the 2021 Cadillac Escalade delivers a sleek and sophisticated driving experience for all in search of inspiration.