The COVID19 pandemic has left us all almost speechless... continents, countries, cities and individuals. Its impact on the health and welfare of people worldwide has been breathtaking and bemoaning the cancellation of automotive themed events seems somewhat unimportant as everyone works on more fundamental existential issues. That said, it should go without saying that just about every major automotive themed event has either been canceled or pushed into the future. Some are going ahead with plans for the fall but that is surely not a given.
We wish you all safety and good health as we chart a path through these unprecedented times.
It is with much sadness and regret that I report the passing of John Zolomij on June 14th. A personal friend and a friend to art. We were pleased to present a brief bio late last year... »John J Zolomij***
I note again the passing of a friend and colleague in what has become a far too regular feature of this magazine. David Lord was a well-known and respected artist and was one of the founding members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS). A regular exhibitor at the AFAS annual show at Pebble Beach, David stopped exhibiting about a decade ago because of health issues.
David and his work will be missed. I should note that David was a little "before digital" and so securing quality digital images of his work was a challenge. Take a look at the Retrospective »David Lord
Stanley Rose is a member of both the AFAS and ArtistAuto. His work is well known and we take a look in a broad review... »Stanley Rose***
Yahn Janou is the President of ArtistAuto and an Associate Member of the AFAS. His technique and the resulting abstract work is unique...take a look... »Yahn Janou***
DETOURS things are quiet on the "auto activities" front but Rob Alen takes us on a mini-visit to Southern California's Donut Derelicts: the original Cars-and-Coffee.***
This is the tenth year in the online life of this magazine. Much has come and gone in that decade including, sadly, many friends and colleagues. We have seen automotive events come and go. And we've seen some grow and flourish. Automotive art is... I think... generally speaking in a good place with some long-established artists doing well but as with any growing field, it is becoming increasingly difficult for new talent to establish.
It has been said that "ten years of anything is enough" and so it is time for me to move on and it is my intent to wind down this publication by the end of the year. It has been a nice ride and I'd like to keep it that way. An Update issue will be released in mid-June with a possible full issue in September and a possible Update in December. Thank you to our advertisers for their long-standing support and of course thanks to you, the readers...
After a number of delays in assembling the material, the long-planned retrospective look at Bill Motta's work has unfortunately turned into a "look back" with his passing in late January. I note a sad coincidence in that we announced the passing of his wife Margit exactly 5 years ago in the April 2015 issue.
Both will long be missed. »William A Motta
Rob Alen takes a look at the 2020 Retromobile show and the Galerie des Artistes. Forty-three artists exhibited this year with an incredibly wide range of traditional fine art and some art that is ...well perhaps not so traditional... »Retromobile 2020***
Our somewhat regular 20-year revisit features longstanding AFAS member Tom Fritz. » story here.***
A look at the eclectic life and work of ArtistAuto group member Francois Chevalier.... » story here.***
DETOURS the March update includes a Mullin Museum visit and a fascinating look at the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts by Wallace Wyss***
"Modus ex Machina" by recently reviewed photographer Jacques Cochin is not so much a book as it is a portfolio of an original theme presented in a group of related works.... » story here.***
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Continuing our practice of archiving past issues for a rolling five years, the April 2015 issue has now been removed. The usual reminder: Our almost constant change in layouts to accommodate ever-changing screens has resulted in the removal of early artist feature stories. We have reformatted and relaunched a number of these from the earliest and now deleted editions... take a look here: »Archived Artist Stories Index and archived back issues here: »Archived Issues Index***
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