Automotive Art Legends | Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman

April 03, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

(all images courtesy of http://www.fitz-art.com/)

If you ever want additional boosts of inspiration, be sure to check out Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman.  Mr. Fitzpatrick was originally a designer for GM before delving into commercial illustrations and magazine ads in the 50s-70s.  Fitz teamed up with another gifted commercial artist, Van Kaufman.  Together, they created some of the most stunning paintings to date, depicting iconic General Motors vehicles in various iconic settings.

Fitzpatrick would render the vehicles and Kaufman would focus on completing the background and people.  Their work was incredibly dynamic and few people today, in my opinion, are able to match the harmony and synergy they were able to accomplish together.   Be sure to check this site out and give it the time it deserves to observe the detail, composition, lighting, and just the thrill and excitement that it communicates in every painting.  These are scenes that are essentially a slice of Americana….the “good old days” so to speak.

I am always amazed with such old school art.  Which is why I preach to students, that learning the basics and fundamentals in drawing are key before ever jumping into the digital realm.  Not to mention, painting using gouache paints is extremely difficult as it is essentially one of the hardest mediums to work with due to its opaque characteristics.  It only further reinforces how masterful Fitzpatrick and Kaufman were.

Click on the link below to go through their work.  Prepare to be stunned!

http://www.fitz-art.com/

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