Hey readers!…..What is it, Is there a gene or something that makes individuals who are artistic, sometimes brush off from the beaten path and turn there artistic impressionable passion in the creation of art, towards motorcycles, hot rods, classic cars and things considered far from the norm of flowers, mountains, or pretty homes in the side of a hill. Is it the wonder and determination to figure out exactly how to render the chrome and paint on a 1955 panhead. Is it the attraction to sleek lines, precise proportions and presentation of power.
Some artists achieve more pleasure out of drawing a certain motorcycle or car that they like, than they do drawing, say a pink house near Mount Washington. Although they are capable of creating other types of art, they’re attraction is rendering an actual (or concept) vehicle, with all the various surfaces reflecting how they’re supposed to reflect.
They smell the gasoline, they feel their hands on the handlebars (or steering wheel) while they are giving all their energy to laying the right lines to acheive the vision they are seeing the final image to be.
There has got to be quite a few “hot rod” or “motorcycle” artists in this area judging by where we are and all the art galleries, art and motorcycle/automotive events that are always happening in San Antonio, Austin, and other citys and towns around us.
For years, art containing images of motorcycles, cars and such were never to be considered as “Fine art”. Despite the pieces being done extremely well, they would never technically fetch the same amount of revenue that art, which was deemed “fine art” would bring. But as more artists dared to bring that type of art into the marketplace, Transportation art rolled further in to acceptance from the art masters.These days theres even more artists inflicted with this gene, bug, whatever you want to name it. And some of them actually live either here in San Antonio, or in one of the surrounding areas.
These artists are very passionate about their art, and they do create some amazing work. I have seen some really nice motorcycle art around here. The passion for it that I share is the desire to be true to the vehicle but exaggerate some elements of it. As for certain genres of “transportation” every artist see’s the subject differently. But as all artists do,..they interpret into the piece, their own meaning (and passion). The attraction to artists that frequently render transportation pieces of art, most likely grew up around alot of them or some childhood situation, or vision, or something happened and the “gearhead” gene was planted.
Although it is much more common nowadays to be able to find artwork featuring “motorcycles, or “automotive” images, listed along side art designated “fine art”. Transportation” style artists are still outnumbered by other styles of artistry.
What more transportation artists need is an additional outlet to promote and market their work. Not only are the artists themselves passionate about their renderings, but people from all works of life have been and always will be fascinated with transportation of one kind or another.
As of right now I’ve located a couple of artists locally that produce really exceptional transportation related art pieces. And am waiting for the chance to talk with them.
I would like to begin a sort of “Transportation Artists Club House” (or T.A.C.H.) where all us “gearhead” artists mingle and announce their newest work, or where they are showing their work at. Eventually working towards obtaining spaces to allow members to present their work to the local public. If you dig this idea, leave your comment or suggestion, your contact info or whatever you’d like, in the comment box.