"It's one of those paintings I've thought about doing for while. I wanted to give a nod to the AMX's home, without showing the actual factory. I chose to set the cars at a service station on a quiet country road outside Kenosha. I also wanted to capture the intense light and long shadows created by the setting sun, giving the scene a really warm, "down home" feeling. I like to add a little something extra for the real enthusiast, if I can. I wanted to include a big, yet subtle, "AMX"—that was a bit tricky. I chose to incorporate the lettering into the tire tracks in the foreground; the horizontal crack in the asphalt completes the "A", the tire tracks to the right create the "M" and the "X"." MICHAEL IRVINE
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When you mention automotive manufacturing, many people immediately think of Detroit, Michigan. What they may not realize is that between 1902 and 1988, Kenosha, Wisconsin produced millions of the cars and trucks — many of them built by the American Motors Corporation. The third release in Michael's "Building Horsepower" Series, Pride of Kenosha, pays tribute to the home of one of America's favorite muscle cars — the 1969, '70 and '71 AMC AMX. As the sun sets on the rolling farm fields just outside the city limits, these powerful cars stop to fill up before hitting the open road!
In 1969 and '70, The American Society of Automotive Engineers named the AMX as the "Best Engineered Car of the Year". With aggressive body lines, pony car styling, and both mid and high performance engineering, the AMX gave other cars in it's class a real run for their money.
|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||28" x 20" - Limited to 800. (Image size 24" x 15") 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||28" x 20" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 24" x 15") 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||28" x 20" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 24" x 15") 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!)||57" 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.|
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