Motorsports Artist Garry Hill Exhibits Artwork at International Motorsports HOF: Motorsports artist Garry Hill will exhibit his paintings and limited edition prints featuring the rich tradition and history of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing Oct 20-23 at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. "Today's sophisticated version of the sport is every bit as exciting as the rough and tumble early days. The current teams sporting corporate America's colors seem far removed from their thrown together beginnings. However, the more things change they remain the same. The need for speed today is the same as yesterday. The arenas may have changed, the names may have changed, but the desire is the same – Get to the Finish Line First! The sport has a bright future as well as a past rich with legends and great moments that will live forever", said Hill. Hill's paintings and prints capture such moments as Richard Petty's 200th victory in the 1984 "Firecracker 400", Dale Earnhardt in "The Great American Racer" winning the 1998 Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon victorious in "Brickyard Thunder" the inaugural Brickyard 400, Bill Elliott winning the "Winston Million" in the 1985 "Southern 500", Dale Earnhardt's remarkable trip through the grass at Charlotte Motor Speedway to win "The Winston" all-star race in 1987 and many more including moments from Talladega Superspeedway. Limited edition fine art prints from the original paintings will be available to collectors personally hand signed by the winning drivers. Hill of Mooresville, NC remarked, "I see these paintings and prints as a tribute to the people and the machines that have made the sport so great," says artist Garry Hill, of Mooresville, North Carolina. "A picture is worth a thousand words so this is my way of telling the story of NASCR Sprint Cup Racing." To learn more about the artworks and see the subjects of his original paintings and prints visit www.garryhill.com (Please note the two "R"s in Garry).
IMHOF race week hours: Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 from 7 am to 7 pm and Sunday, October 23 from 7 am to 2 pm.(International Motorsports Hall of Fame)(10-21-2011)
Thomas Kinkade paints tribute to Talladega Superspeedway: The Thomas Kinkade Company (TKC) announced the release of Thomas Kinkade's newest image entitled, "This is Talladega". The image is one of the artist's most exciting sports paintings to date. The rumble and roar of the cars is almost heard as they cross the finish line in this depiction of Talladega. Thomas Kinkade portrays the "Dominator" of Talladega, Dale Earnhardt, the famed #3 car, as taking the checkered flag to win the race. Thom painted this image to make the viewer feel the thrill of the finish. Race fans will also notice the artist has blended the past with present, making it a timeless part of each fan's favorite memory of the track.
During race weekend, Oct 21st through 23rd, The Thomas Kinkade Company and the local Thomas Kinkade Gallery of Birmingham will be onsite at Talladega Superspeedway selling a variety of products showcasing this image.(TSS)(10-21-2011)
Sam Bass designs air show trailer: Sam Bass, the first officially licensed NASCAR artist, and Steve Kapur, pilot and marketing officer for the GEICO Skytypers, pose in front of one of Sam¹s latest artistic designs. Sam's specialty in motorsports and music related projects has recently expanded into the air show business. The GEICO Skytypers added a 53¹ tractor/trailer to their program for the 2011 season. The team tasked Sam with utilizing his expertise to design elements highlighting the various portions of their air show performance. "I¹ve had the privilege of working with Sam on a number of projects over the past several years," states Kapur. ³Once again, he has perfectly captured the essence of our program by utilizing our existing branding assets and combining them with the unique physical components of our program." The GEICO Skytypers, the only civilian squadron currently flying WWII aircraft in air shows, will perform at 12 air shows throughout the 2011 season, many of which will honor the Navy Centennial of Aviation. They kick off their air show season this week [April 9th] at the Charleston Air Expo in
Charleston, SC.(Sam Bass)(4-7-2011)
Sam Bass Slated For Carolina Christmas At CMS: Sam Bass, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist, and the official artist of Charlotte Motor Speedway, has contributed his artistic talent and graphic design expertise to Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor for the 2010 holiday season. “Carolina Christmas is a wonderful concept – I have been creating art for Charlotte Motor Speedway since 1985 and the holidays are my favorite time of year,” Sam Bass said. “This event offers the best of both worlds – my home track and the opportunity to share the spirit of the holidays with thousands of guests attending the event.”
Bass, known for his innovative race car designs, has designed a 2010 Toyota Camry pace car for Carolina Christmas. The holiday-themed pace car features the speedway’s mascot Lug Nut and a host of holiday characters. Bass’ whimsical design may be seen at holiday parades throughout the region. “Having created Lug Nut for the speedway in the early 1990s, it gave me great pleasure to feature him on this holiday-themed car,” Bass said from his studio, across the street from the famed track. “The holidays are all
about children and this design speaks to the child in all of us! I have been creating holiday themed art for a number of years and Carolina Christmas is a perfect place to showcase my Santas & Snowmen Collection!”
Bass will set up a “North Pole” art gallery in the Cup Garage during Carolina Christmas where he will offer select merchandise, including his Santas & Snowmen Collection. Limited edition prints, posters, holiday cards and other gift items will be on sale. Sam himself will stop by the booth periodically during the course of the event to visit with fans. Please check www.sambass.com for his appearance schedule. The main Sam Bass Gallery is located at the corner of Morehead Road and Performance Drive, across from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Show your Carolina Christmas ticket at the main gallery for a 15% discount on purchases made between November 22 and December 23.(11-30-2010)
Sam Bass Creates 50th Anniversary Cover For AMS: This Sunday marks a special event in Atlanta Motor Speedway history. The Emory Healthcare 500 marks the speedway ’s 50th year of hosting NASCAR’s top series, and as part of the celebration track officials have asked Sam Bass, NASCAR’s top artist to illustrate the souvenir program cover. Bass began creating souvenir program cover art for Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1993 and has completed a dozen cover illustrations to date, including this week’s 50th anniversary cover. Bass captures such key moments as the inaugural Dixie 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, superstars David Pearson and Cale Yarborough, Bill Elliott’s The Winston victory in 1986, Richard Petty’s tribute lap during his final NASCAR race, which would also be where Alan Kulwicki won the 1992 NASCAR Cup championship, and Kevin Harvick’s emotional 2001 victory over Jeff Gordon.
The track highlights are featured in the stylized gold “50” from the speedway’s anniversary logo. This compelling composition also features Dale Earnhardt’s #3 Wrangler Chevy, racing side-by-side with Jimmie Johnson’s #48 Kobalt Tools Chevy and Fred Lorenzen’s #26 Lafayette Ford in an era-spanning depiction right out of Sam’s imagination! Fireworks in the night sky light up the track around these cars commemorating the 2009 Labor Day night race.
Fans can get their programs signed and meet Bass on race weekend as follows:
Saturday, Sept. 4 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Speedway Children’s Charity Rig at AMS
Sunday, Sept. 5 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Fan Stage. More info and an image at Sambass.com.(9-3-2010)
Sam Bass To Commemorate 100th Race at Bristol: To commemorate the 100th race at Bristol Motor Speedway, track officials called NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist, Sam Bass to capture the track’s decades-long racing heritage. Since 1995, Bass has created original illustrations for the Tennessee track, including spring and fall program cover art as well as the cover illustration for the inaugural NHRA event held there in July 1999. Bass’ artwork titled “100!” for the Irwin Tools Night Race, combines historic and modern-day race cars, side-by-side, taking the green flag at Bristol Motor Speedway. His use of color and black and white pays tribute
to the heritage of the track while looking into the future. For race fans who have watched NASCAR grow from its humble roots to the
lifestyle it is today, “100!” is a must-have souvenir. Fore more information to purchase the poster and locations of appearances/autographs by Sam Bass, see my Image Links pageThe illustration will be available for purchase as a fine art poster at www.sambass.com.
Throughout the race week at Bristol Bass will be making appearances. Fans are encouraged to drop by for a visit and an autograph. Here is a quick look at the artist’s itinerary:
Wednesday, August 18 6 - 8 p.m. Food City Family Race Night, Knoxville, TN
Thursday, August 19 5 - 8 p.m. Food City Family Race Night, Bristol, TN/VA
Friday, August 20 noon - 1 p.m. SPEED Stage at BMS
Saturday, August 21 5 - 6 p.m. Speedway Children’s Charities Rig at BMS.(Sam Bass PR)(8-18-2010)
Great deal on limited-edition NASCAR prints by Garry Hill: Garry Hill, whose motorsports paintings have captured most of the greatest names in NASCAR history, is offering a special deal for the holiday season. An order of two or more limited-edition prints before Nov. 26 will receive free shipping (within the continental U.S.), which, in other words, is a potential savings of $170. For additional information and to see all the original paintings and limited-edition prints, visit www.garryhill.com.(NASCAR This Week)(11-11-2009)
Smyle Media Photo Database Available: Smyle Media is excited to announce that after nearly a year of cataloging and digitizing, over 6500 vintage and current NASCAR photographs are now online and ready for immediate viewing and licensing. Please visit Smylemedia.com and click on the "Photo Database" icon on the navigation bar to view these amazing photos. Included are images from the award winning Don Hunter Collection, as well as the Tom Kirkland Archive and several other vintage photographic collections. From Junior Johnson to Dale Jr., all images are fully captioned and ready for immediate licensing. For a short description of how to search our new database, request a user ID go to smylemedia.com.(9-10-2009)
- "NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race 2008” Autographed by Kahne For the twenty-second year, motorsports artist Garry Hill has commemorated the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with an original painting and fine art limited edition prints. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race prints are autographed (Hand signed) by 2008 race winner Kasey Kahne. Kasey Kahne, and the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team (Now Richard Petty Motorsports) will receive, compliments of Sprint, lithograph prints from the original painting to document their achievement for winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 2008. The artwork features Kasey Kahne in the Budweiser Dodge Charger making a daring pass on Denny Hamlin for the lead and eventual victory. The original painting, commissioned by Sprint, will be unveiled on the SPEED Raceday set live by Miss Sprint Cup and Garry Hill on Saturday May, 16th. Hill has been the official artist of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race since 1987. 300 fine art prints and 30 artist's proof prints have been published to document the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. A limited number of prints and artist's proof prints are available to collectors. More info at garryhill.com.(5-15-2009)
- Sam Bass unveils artwork for LMS program covers: Renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, along with officials from Lowe's Motor Speedway, today unveiled two original paintings that will grace the covers of souvenir programs for two of the most significant events in the track's history: the 25th edition of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 50th running of the iconic Coca-Cola 600. A high impact illustration entitled "Silver Knights!" appears on the cover of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race souvenir publication, while the
Coca-Cola 600 program features an equally poignant artwork called "Gold Rush!" Of course, the titles allude to the silver and golden anniversaries of the two prestigious events. The most recent collaboration between Bass and the Concord, N.C. speedway extends one of the longest running streaks in all of motorsports. A record 59 consecutive covers have been designed by Bass - NASCAR's first officially licensed artist - dating back to the inaugural All-Star Race and Coca-Cola's first year as the title sponsor of the 600. Sam Bass's personal studio and motorsports art gallery in Concord, N.C., are adjacent to Lowe's Motor Speedway. He is the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR. For more information please call (704) 455-6915, or log on to www.sambass.com, where you can view the covers of the programs.(LMS PR)(5-5-2009)
- The art of NASCAR: Some of the biggest moments in NASCAR are over in seconds. The speed of the sport doesn't give fans much time remember the moment, much less see it. That's why the work of Garry Hill hangs on the walls of collectors and fans. He creates on canvas a moment, a memory on the track. Chip Carter sat down with Garry at his home in North Carolina and found an artist whose work is so good, drivers add their signature to his.(more at My Fox Tampa Bay)(3-20-2009)
- Motorsports Artist Garry Hill Featured On NASCAR Partners: Noted Motorsports artist Garry Hill is profiled on NASCAR Partners. Hill has been creating original paintings, limited edition fine art prints and graphic design for the motorsports community for the better part of thirty years. His artworks celebrate and commemorate the history of racing and many of his limited edition prints are autographed by the sport's greatest drivers and legends. As the holiday season approaches check out Garry's artworks in mind for that speed enthusiast on your shopping list. For additional information please visit www.garryhill.com. To see Garry's profile on the NASCAR Partners website Click Here to see the full story.(11-26-2008)
- Artist Kinkade Returns to Daytona: Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, returns to Daytona International Speedway for the first time since he sketched the officially licensed Limited Edition Commemorative Portrait NASCAR Thunder, The 50th Running of the Daytona 500. The visit is highlighted by a number of events during the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race weekend providing a unique opportunity to meet Mr. Kinkade and see the portrait NASCAR Thunder. Thomas Kinkade sketched his historic portrait on-site during the February, 2008, running of the 50th Daytona 500. More than 10,000 online votes were tallied earlier this year to select the favorite sketch that would become the basis for the final artwork. Fans are welcome to visit Thomas Kinkade for an autograph session at the Fan Zone at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Two additional events provide a unique opportunity to visit with Thomas Kinkade in a gallery setting. Mr. Kinkade will be at the Coke Zero Club from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the DAYTONA 500 Club from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 5th. Tickets for access to these locations can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(NASCAR PR)(7-5-2008)
- Hill unveils 2007 All-Star print signed by Harvick: The annual NASCAR Sprint All Star Race has been an enduring part of the NASCAR experience since 1985. It's a go-for-broke, show-me-the-money, run-what-you-brung-and-hope-you-brung-enough showdown that has produced some of the most memorable finishes in motor racing history. For more than two decades, renowned motorsports artist Garry Hill has captured the electricity of the May Classic in an ongoing collection of artwork, aptly entitled the "All Star Series." Prior to each year's event, he unveils an original painting honoring the most recent winner, with each illustration being made available to the public as a limited edition fine art print.
The unveiling of Hill's latest masterpiece -- "2007 NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge" -- was televised on SPEED's NASCAR Live on May 16. Commissioned by Nextel/Sprint, this riveting artwork catches Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Richard Childress Racing/Pennzoil Platinum Chevrolet flashing under the checkered flag at the conclusion of last year's All Star speed fest. See more at nascar.com or garryhill.com or call 1-800-847-0043.(6-29-2008)
- Hill to unviel 2007 All-Star race painting: NASCAR Aritist, Garry Hill, is scheduled to appear on SPEED's NASCAR Live between 3:00 - 3:30pm/et to unveil the most recent painting in the All-Star series commemorating Kevin Harvick's win in last year's race commissioned by Sprint/Nextel. This is the 21st year that Hill has created the official artwork for NASCAR's All-Star race. All the 500 limited edition prints and 50 artist proof prints will be autographed (hand signed) by Harivck and signed and numbered by Hill. For more info on Hill and his work and to see the #29 painting, see GarryHill.com.(5-16-2008)
- Photographer honored at Martinsville: T. Taylor Warren, a longtime racing photographer and Martinsville resident, was honored Sunday during pre-race ceremonies of the Goody’s Cool Orange 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Warren, 83, received the H. Clay Earles Award, given in honor of the Martinsville Speedway founder to recognize individuals who have made an impact on the sport of NASCAR through their life’s work. During post-race ceremonies in Victory Lane, track officials had Warren pose with winner Denny Hamlin so the moment could be commemorated on film, something the photographer has done countless times in his career. Warren covered his first race in 1948, a midget-car event held in Milwaukee, Wis. Since that time, he’s become a fixture at racetracks across the country, well known for his timely shots of on-track action as well as pit-road scenes. Warren has photographed all 50 runnings of the Daytona 500, and he has been the official photographer for Goody’s Headache Powders for 31 years, dating back to the product’s first association with NASCAR. Warren was working at Martinsville Speedway over the weekend, something he’s done at virtually every race since 1952. As usual, he was clad in a photojournalist’s vest loaded with equipment that has become a virtual trademark of the legendary photographer. During pre-race ceremonies, Warren also received the Doug Agee Award, given annually at the speedway to a person or persons who most embodies the value and spirit of Agee, a pioneer of racing promotions. He was a longtime employee of Goody’s. Karen Parker, business development and partnerships director at the Martinsville Speedway, also received the Doug Agee Award. Though Warren is perhaps best known for a 1959 finish-line photo that helped decide the winner of the first Daytona 500, he was hesitant to claim one picture as the best of his career. Warren gave no indication he has retirement plans.(Martinsville Bulletin)(3-31-2008)
- Motor Sports Graphic Companies Form Partnership: RPM-3D and Graphicwolf Art, form a partnership to bring the latest in 2D and 3D art to the motor sports world. RPM-3D is a company that specializes in Commercial High Definition 3D motor sports models and graphics. Their artwork/graphics has most commonly been seen in the NASCAR world through Motorsports Authentics' 3D diecast shots seen all over the world wide web. Their clients include drivers, teams, and corporations like Motorsports Authentics, NASCAR, FOX, Toyota, The Decal Source, Motorsports Designs and LucasFilms.
Graphicwolf Art is a motor sport graphic company specializing in the "2D" field. That has done work for many teams and driver's in the motor sports industry from NASCAR, Champ Car, Grand American and American LeMans Series. Their work ranges from paint schemes, team apparel, fan apparel and more. There has been a recent trend in 3D modeling that has emerged with the sim racing world, mainly for hobbyist, but there has been a rash of "illegal and low quality" models that have been spread throughout the motor sports industry that have been diluting the quality of motor sports artwork and at high prices. RPM-3D and Graphicwolf Art are working to bring back "high quality" artwork to the motor sports industry by combining their expertise and provide the best in 3D and 2D artwork. For a more extensive explanation on "legal and illegal" 3D modeling and the "Next Revolution" in motor sports graphics, please visit RPM-3D at rpm3dinc.com or visit Graphicwolf Art.(RPM 3D/Graphicwolf Art)(3-11-2008)
- Thomas Kinkade Paints Daytona 500 to Commemorate 50th Running of “The Great American Race”: NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation announced today that they have licensed Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, to create a commemorative painting of the historic 50th Running of the Daytona 500. While on location at Daytona International Speedway, Thomas Kinkade will sketch and paint multiple scenes from Daytona 500 Speedweek. From the collection of images Thom creates at Daytona, the image that best embodies the history, traditions, and values of the 50 years of “The Great American Race” will be selected to become the Study for Thom’s Limited Edition release. NASCAR fans will be able to participate in this process through an online vote. The final painting will be released as a special Commemorative Limited Edition Portrait and available to fans everywhere of NASCAR, the Daytona 500, and Thomas Kinkade. Thomas Kinkade’s collection of sketches and paintings created in various locations during Speedweek will be placed online at thomaskinkade.com/Daytona. For the first time ever, fans will be able to register to vote and let Thom know their favorite image. Thomas Kinkade will paint the selected image to become the Commemorative Limited Edition Portrait of the 50th Running of the Daytona 500. The collection of images will be available for voting from March 1st through March 15th, 2008. or more information, please visit Thomas Kinkade web site at thomaskinkade.com.(PR)(2-13-2008)
- Photographer wins excellence award: NASCAR Scene and SceneDaily.com photographer David Griffin has won the Miller Lite Motorsports Journalism Award of Excellence for photojournalism. The contest annually recognizes outstanding motorsports coverage in five categories while honoring the memory of Russ Catlin, a motorsports journalism pioneer. The contest is open to all motorsports media in all series. Griffin won for a photo of Jeff Gordon's car crashing at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(SceneDaily.com)(1-24-2008)
- Hill adds two artists: Motorsports artist Garry Hill announced that his company, Garry Hill Automotive Fine Art, Incorporated is now representing artists Stephen Bonesteel and Lawrence Braun. Bonesteel is an accomplished stained glass artist and Braun is a noted sculptor. Bonesteel's work combines his passion for motorsports and fine art into a unique art form, stained glass racing windows. He has created over 40 specialty racing windows that can be displayed hanging or used as an actual window. Kyle Petty purchased a window of the famous '"Winged" number 43 SuperBird for Richard Petty's 50th birthday. Working in cast bronze, stainless steel and resin, sculptor Lawrence Braun has focused most of his artwork over the past three decades on subjects from the world of auto sports. In his sculpture he blends his enthusiasm for fast, beautiful, significant automobiles with the human element. His work is inprivate and corporate collections internationally. Bonesteel and Braun accept commission work to create custom designed investment quality art. To learn more about their artwork please call Garry Hill Automotive Fine Art, Inc. at 800-847-0043 or visit the company web site at www.garryhill.com.(11-1-2007)
- Nextel All-Star Challenge 2006 Autographed by Winner Jimmie Johnson: For the twentieth year, artist Garry Hill has commemorated the Nextel All-Star Challenge race with an original painting and fine art limited edition prints. The 2006 Nextel All-Star Challenge prints are autographed (Hand signed) by race winner Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie Johnson, team owner Rick Hendrick, crew chief Chad Knaus and the Lowe's Race Team will receive lithograph prints from the original painting to document their achievement for winning the 2006 Nextel All-Star Challenge. The artwork features Jimmie Johnson in the Lowe's Chevrolet making a daring pass on Kevin Harvick for the lead and eventual victory. 500 fine art prints and 50 artist's proof prints have been published to document the 2006 Nextel All-Star Challenge. A limited number of prints and artist's proof prints are available to the public.
For Availability And Information Call 800-847-0043 or online at www.garryhill.com.(5-15-2007)
- Johnson's All-Star Win Painting Unveiled: As part of the annual NASCAR Pre-Season Media tour the original painting
depicting Jimmie Johnson's/Hendrick Motorsports' victory in the Nextel All-Star Challenge was unveiled. The unveiling was part of the press conference with Nextel, NASCAR and Lowe's Motor Speedway executives announcing plans for the 2007 All-Star race. There will be 500 limited edition prints and 50 artist's proof prints published. All will be autographed (Hand signed) by winning driver and 2007
Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson. For additional information contact Garry Hill Automotive Fine Art, Inc. at
1-800-847-0043 or online at www.garryhill.com.(2-7-2007)
- Stamps.com Introduces NASCAR Licensed Postage: Stamps.com announced the launch of NASCAR licensed PhotoStamps featuring postage with unique designs of three legendary NASCAR drivers: #24-Jeff Gordon, #3-Dale Earnhardt and #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. A total of nine designs are currently available, three designs for each NASCAR driver. Individuals who order NASCAR PhotoStamps by January 10, 2007 will also receive a unique collectible first-release insignia on their sheet to mark the first-ever release of PhotoStamps featuring NASCAR drivers. To order NASCAR PhotoStamps, customers can visit www.photostamps.com, choose their NASCAR driver and then select their preferred design. Each specially designed sheet includes a NASCAR insignia, the selected image and signature of the NASCAR driver, and 20 PhotoStamps. NASCAR PhotoStamps are valid postage and can be used just like ordinary postage to mail envelopes, postcards or flats.(Yahoo! Finance)(12-14-2006)
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