"As an artist, you don't know what will inspire you or when. I'd been thinking about a Boss painting for a while. Then one day I'm flipping through a copy of "Mustang Magazine" and there's a double page spread aerial photo of Kar Kraft's Brighton Michigan Plant in 1969. That did it! The article compelled me to contact the owner of the photo, Randy Hernandez, who's dad worked at the plant back in the day. He was the Manufacturing Liaison Manager (the most senior Ford Motor Company employee on-site). Turns out, Randy has a bunch of photos of Boss 429s rolling down the assembly line on cd and offers them for sale. How could I resist buying the cd and creating the painting!"- MICHAEL IRVINE
Following the highly acclaimed, "Any Color So Long As It's Black", the second painting in Michael's 'Building Horsepower Series', Boss Building lets us take a peek into the past — to catch a glimpse of where one of the world's most famous big blocks got it's start.
To compete in Nascar with the new Boss 429 engine, Ford had to make this monster motor available to the general public. So, in 1969, FoMoCo unleashed this bad boy, the Boss 429!
Built at the Kar Kraft Brighton Michigan Plant, these new Boss Mustangs received numerous performance upgrades, including, but not limited to, a beefed up suspension and moving the battery to the trunk. The only visual clues to the car's transformation, were a small decal on the front fender and a not-so-subtle hood scoop — body color in 1969 and black in 1970.
Michael takes us back in time to a summer day in 1969 as a Grabber Green Boss rolls off the line. Inside the building, an engine is being lowered into the next street racer. 'Joe' in quality control checks under the hood of a Grabber Blue '70, while the train loaded with Bosses and Shelbys leaves the plant.
|ABOUT MICHAEL IRVINE'S REPRODUCTIONS||All reproductions are individually hand-signed/hand-numbered by artist Michael Irvine • Accompanied by signed/numbered Certificate(s) of Authenticity • Limited Edition Prints and Artist Proofs are embossed with Michael's Studio Seal.|
|Limited Edition Print||22" x 28" - Limited to 800. (Image size 18" x 24") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality archival paper. Choice of available print number. Indicate top 2-3 choices below (eg #200/800). Last 3 digits of VIN numbers are popular.|
|Artist Proof with Single Custom Done-to-Order Remarque||22" x 28" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 18" x 24") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality archival paper. Remarque is "custom, done-to-order" in pencil or painted in watercolor (your choice). Call/email Linda to discuss your Remarque.|
|Artist Proof with Double Custom Done-to-Order Remarque||22" x 28" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 18" x 24") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality archival paper. Remarques are "custom, done-to-order" in pencil or painted in watercolor (your choice). Call/email Linda to discuss your Remarques.|
|Gallery Edition Canvas (All the detail—twice the size!)||36" x 48" - Limited to 50. Heavy weight, acid free, archival quality canvas. Specialty coating (see About Our Reproductions). North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) & ready to hang. Int'l orders shipped rolled.|
|Personalized, Hand-Retouched Gallery Edition Artist Proof on Canvas||36" x 48" - Only 5 APs released. Call/email Linda to discuss custom retouch options. Same canvas/coating as Gallery Edition Canvas (above). North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) & ready to hang. Int'l orders shipped rolled.|
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