CARMEL, Calif. – July 18, 2014 – The Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) will return to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a selection of their latest automotive artwork. Sponsored by The Lincoln Motor Company for the 19th year, the AFAS exhibit will showcase the latest creations of the fin automotive artists at the Lodge at Pebble Beach in Carmel, California.
Ken Eberts, AFAS President and one of the foremost artists in the automotive art world, will be revealing his new display of paintings based on the theme “black and white” at the Pebble Beach Concours this year. Eberts, who began his career as a designer at Ford Motor Company, is one of the founding members of AFAS.
“The display is comprised of five paintings of white Maserati “Birdcage” race cars and five paintings of black Ferrari P4s,” said Eberts. “I believe that the Maserati Birdcage and the Ferrari P4 are automotive works of art. The combination of form follows ‘function’, ‘design’, ‘theme’ and ‘Italian metal craftsmanship’ combined to create beautiful cars that could actually be called automotive sculptures.”
The Maserati is one of several cars featured this year at Pebble Beach. The style and design of the “Birdcage” Maserati and its complex, thin tubular space frame are featured in Eberts’ new artwork. The Maserati’s are white cars on white backgrounds, and the Ferraris are black on black backgrounds.
“To honor the artistic qualities of both of these cars, I tried to portray them in my style,” said Eberts. “Realistic, but loosely rendered in a dramatic artistic way.”
Eberts established AFAS in 1983 to advance automotive art’s visibility. Members work in many diverse mediums, including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal. AFAS hosts only two shows each year, including the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance.
Eberts graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He began his career as an automotive designer for Ford Motor Company and then became a professional automotive artist in 1968. Over the past 40 years, he has produced over 1,200 original paintings for both public and private collections.
Eberts’ work has been exhibited throughout the United States, earning numerous awards, including honors from the City of Los Angeles, American Artist Magazine, the City of Beverly Hills and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.
In 2003, he was named Ford Motor Company’s official Centennial Artist and was commissioned to create 13 original paintings that were used as a calendar to celebrate Ford’s 100th Anniversary. In 2005, Eberts made history by winning the renowned Meguiar’s “Treasure of the Hobby Award,” as the first automotive artist recipient.
Learn more about Eberts and his exemplary group of Automotive Fine Arts Society members at www.autoartgallery.com/afas/.