“I wanted to create a piece that was a fusion of the machine with the iconic location of the cartoon character it was named for. I chose to replace the animated Road Runner, with Plymouth’s version — putting real cars in an environment based on the imaginary setting of the cartoon. I didn’t want to recreate the cartoon, but bring some of its elements into the painting. So, along with the color scheme, I incorporated the monumental landscape, ‘ribboned’ highway and vanishing horizon line, along with some fun elements, like the bird seed."- MICHAEL IRVINE
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Targeting a youthful, and perhaps rebellious market, Plymouth chose to play up the speed, agility and “catch me if you can” attitude of the ever-elusive Road Runner in it’s branding, marketing and promotion. Borrowing the name, adorning the body with decals, and even going so far as to include a horn that went ‘beep, beep,’ Plymouth succeeded in creating an image that would carry the car well into the 1970s. Touted as being economical muscle cars, these big blocks were very appealing to a young, power hungry consumer. Today, they are sought after by collectors worldwide.
Finding inspiration, as Plymouth did in 1968, from one of the most wildly popular cartoons of our generation, Michael chose America’s southwest, Monument Valley, as the backdrop for featuring these powerful muscle cars. The painting actually mirrors the creative process that began the cartoon in 1949. “[We] thought it would be funny to do a parody of chase cartoons,” said Warner Bros. animator, Chuck Jones.
The car and cartoon’s rich history were elemental in Michael’s decision to set the cars against a backdrop reminiscent of the cartoon itself. With hints and nods to the Road Runner’s stomping ground, in “BEEP BEEP!” Michael puts you right in the middle of the high speed action.
[ Featured on the cover of Mopar Collectors Guide. ]
|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||36" x 24" - Limited to 800. (Image size 32" x 20") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock. 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||36" x 24" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 32" x 20") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock. 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||36" x 24" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 32" x 20") 10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock. 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!)||58" x 36" - 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||58" x 36" - Only 5 APs released. Call/email Linda to discuss custom re-touch 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.|
|Original Watercolor Painting||Sold.|
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