Michael Irvine Artwork: Pride of Kenosha

Michael Irvine Artwork: Pride of Kenosha

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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.

Michael on "Pride of Kenosha"

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".

  • Limited Edition reproductions
  • Individually Signed/Numbered by Michael Irvine
  • Embossed with Michael's Studio Seal
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • LIMITED EDITION PRINT (only 800 produced)
    Overall size: 28 x 20"; Image size: 24 x 15"
    10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock
    Choice of available print number: Email us your top 3 choices – the last 3 digits of VIN numbers have been very popular (eg #200/800).

  • ARTIST PROOF with CUSTOM REMARQUE (only 20 released)
    Overall size: 28 x 20"; Image size: 24 x 15"
    10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock

    Remarques are "custom, done to order" and can be done in pencil or painted in watercolor.


  • GALLERY EDITION CANVAS (only 50 produced)
    Size: 57"x 36" (All the detail at more than twice the size!)
    100% cotton, acid free, archival quality canvas, stretched &ready to hang. Accompanied by two Certificates of Authenticity - Authentic Giclée and Authentic Michael Irvine Reproduction.
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