Automotive Fine Arts Society member, Dennis Brown, will pay a special tribute to Bentley and Bugatti with three paintings during the 24th annual AFAS exhibition, sponsored by Lincoln, at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 16, 2009.
The paintings feature a variety of vintage Bugatti and Bentley models that showcase the rich heritage that has made both names so respected by automotive enthusiasts. The AFAS exhibit will be part of the Concours d’Elegance on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The AFAS is comprised of automotive artists from all corners of the globe who create subjects in a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics, oils, wood and various metals.
“Over the past century, Bugatti and Bentley have given the world many tastefully crafted and elegantly designed cars,” noted Brown. “The three pieces I’ll be showing during the Pebble Beach show are tributes to both the manufacturers’ racing heritage, as well as their work in creating luxury automobiles. I’m thrilled that the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance elected to honor these great marques this year because they represent the pinnacle of automotive design.”
This will be the AFAS’s 24th consecutive year to present the work of its members during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Each artist who participates in the AFAS exhibition must show work not previously displayed at Pebble Beach, plus debut at least three new works (one for sculptors). The art presentation is, therefore, always fresh and much anticipated by the enthusiasts.
“Racing Along,” a 14″ x 22″ acrylic on board, features a 1933 Bugatti Type 51 along with a 6.5-liter Bentley. The Bugatti is set in the foreground with the Bentley racing closely behind. Brown utilizes varying hues of blues, grays and purples to give the entire painting the feel of a cool day just before sunset.
“These two models are among my favorite,” added Brown. “My piece shows the cars racing just before the sun goes down on a very cool day.”
“Sitting Pretty” is a 10.5″ x 13.5″ acrylic painting that showcases a 1937/Eng 8-cylinder Bugatti Type 57S. The piece shows the rear three-fourths angle of the luxury car as it sits in front of a line of trees. “It was just so beautiful sitting on the green,” added Brown. “What a piece of art!”
“Early Morning Run” depicts a 1928 4.5-liter supercharged Bentley in acrylic on board. The 26″ x 27″ painting details the front fascia of the Bentley as it races along a road in the early morning.
“The imposing front end with its impressive grill, headlights and that supercharger coming right at you made for a great mood piece,” said Brown. “While the cars of the ’20s aren’t as aerodynamic as today’s vehicles, the lines, stance and attitude of this Bentley is every bit as exhilarating and aggressive as modern race cars.”
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