“This painting is my expression of appreciation for Carroll Shelby and the team of engineers and fabricators that sculpted some of the most visually exciting cars of all time."- MICHAEL IRVINE
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The desire for speed has always been there... We built production cars so we could go racing. — CARROLL SHELBY
And that's exactly what they did. When production was at full throttle in March of 1966, Team Shelby was creating seven GT350 road cars per day, out of just one of the two hangars at LAX. In the other hangar they were building race cars, among them the GT40s which would be instrumental during the the Ford vs Ferrari rivalry. In this striking painting, Michael takes you into the 'race car' hangar, where the focus was on building the real beasts, the Cobras, the GT40s and the Mustang GT350s.
Having outgrown his Venice, California plant, in 1965 Shelby moved production to the now famous hangars at the Los Angeles Airport. The large open spaces, with an unobstructed view of the entire production facility, gave Michael the idea of setting his painting inside the building — allowing the viewer a unique, dramatic look into one of the most well known automotive production facilities of our time!
Although Shelby and his team operated at LAX for only 3 years, it was there that they created some truly iconic automobiles. This painting captures a moment in automotive history — a glimpse into Shelby America's LAX production facility where these legendary cars were built, including the world’s #1 most recognized car, the 427 Cobra. While planes land and take off outside, in this building, Shelby and his team produce the cars that are destined to win the races, dominate the circuits and tear up the streets. Undeniably, this is the "Building of the Beasts".
|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||24" x 32" - Limited to 800. (Image size 20" x 27") 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||24" x 32" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 20" x 27") 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 Remarques||24" x 32" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 20" x 27") 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!)||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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