“I'm a big fan of car chase movies, and a few years ago I did a painting called "End of the Line" in which I chose to feature my 5 favorite chase flicks. I've been asked many times over the years why 'Smokey and the Bandit' didn't make the cut. It is a great film and definitely makes my top 10. I've thought about doing a second painting with my next 5 picks but ultimately decided that "Smokey and the Bandit" deserves a painting of its own!" - MICHAEL IRVINE
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“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'
a'we gonna do what they say can't be done
We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I'm east bound just watch ol'Bandit run.” - EAST BOUND AND DOWN by JERRY REED
In this stylish, bold painting, Michael celebrates the 'can-do' attitude of a fun-loving entrepreneur and his good friend, an independent trucker, as they enter Texas, marking the first half of a round trip back to Georgia. Their objective is to transport 400 cases of Coors beer illegally from Texas to Atlanta, Georgia. The pay-off is a whomping $80,000! Is it risky? You bet! Is it worth it? Oh yeah! They know that if they get caught, it's prison time, but the authorities don't scare them ... for these bootleggers it's business first, laws be damned!
Released in 1977, "Smokey and the Bandit" is a nearly 96-minute long car chase. The movie follows the Bandit and the Snowman as, hauling the contraband brew, they race against the clock and Sheriff Buford T. Justice. The freshly minted director, stuntman Al Needham, knew as soon as he saw an ad for the new '77 Pontiac Trans Am that the car would be a starring character alongside Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, and the rest of the cast. And he was right. Of course, as in all of Michael's paintings, we know the car is always the star!
Creating a scene that brings us alongside the Bandit's Trans Am as it speeds into Texarkana, Michael takes advantage of the sleek black body lines of the car to give us a remarkable reflection of the Snowman, his truck, and his faithful dog Fred. It's a heck of a ride, and they're gonna make it ... defying the law and "Crossing State Lines"!
SPECIAL RELEASE COLLECTOR EDITION: A limited number of the reproductions (200 Limited Edition Prints) have been imprinted in the lower margin with Michael's Ban One Trans Am Remarque. Only the first 10 Gallery Edition Canvas orders will have the Ban One Trans Am Privé Remarque printed on the right edge. Both are accompanied by a hand-signed 10" x 12" early conceptual sketch of the painting.
|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 31" - Limited to 800. (Image size 20" x 25") 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.|
|◊ Collector Edition Print||— 200 of the Limited Edition Prints (above) released are being offered with Michael's Ban One Trans Am Printed Remarque + signed 10" x 12" conceptual sketch print.|
|Artist Proof with Single Custom Done-to-Order Remarque||24" x 31" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 20" x 25") 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 31" - Only 20 total APs released. (Image size 20" x 25") 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 46.5" - 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.|
|◊ Collector Edition Gallery Edition Canvas||36" x 46.5" — First 10 Gallery Edition Canvases ordered will have the Ban One Trans Am Privé Remarque printed on the edge + signed 10" x 12" conceptual sketch print.|
|Personalized, Hand-Retouched Gallery Edition Artist Proof on Canvas||36" x 46.5" - 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.|
|Original Watercolor Painting(s)||Sold.|
|~ ABOUT FRAMED PRINTS||Prints are framed (black metal frame, single black archival conservation mat with v-groove, regular glass) at the time of purchase and typically ship within 5-8 business days. Choice of available print number (indicate top 2-3 choices below).|
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