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"On Any SundayThe Next Chapter" Movie Poster
In early 2014, Red Bull Media House commissioned four paintings from Tom for the official movie poster. Capturing the heart and soul of some of the different riding styles seen in the movie was part of the challenge. Red Bull was pleased when the poster scored an exclusive premiere on Fandango, one of the two major high‑visibility online advance movie ticket sales sites. Scoring a reveal on Fandango is something that is common with larger features, but is definitely a nice honor for a documentary or independent film as it's extremely competitive due to the sheer volume.
Fritz On The Cover Of Hot Rod Magazine
The July 2014 Hot Rod magazine's subscriber's issue features Tom's artwork in which the cartoon character "Stroker McGurk" paints a portrait of his creator, Tom Medley. The original painting was created in November 2010 and is in the private collection of the Medley family. Of note: this marks one of the very few times artwork has appeared on the cover of Hot Rod in its 66 year history, sharing this distinction with the first cover illustrated by Frank Hubbard in May of 1951, and the December 1951 coverthe only cover by Tom Medley and featuring Stroker McGurk.
Poster Artist for Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
In late 2013, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance committee asked Fritz to create the commemorative poster art for the event. His engaging portrait of Jochen Mass surrounded by the Marlboro McLaren, the Porsche 935, and the Sauber Mercedes C9 was so well received, the posters were sold out before the event on Sunday. At the dinner/gala the evening before the event, his original artwork sold at auction for a record amount!
First Time Recipient of Art Fitzpatrick Award
August 17, 2013
The Art Fitzpatrick Award is a new award honoring the esteemed illustrator Art Fitzpatrick and is judged by a panel of invited, independent judges. Art is best known for his bold and romantic scenes painted in collaboration with Van Kaufman, produced for Pontiac from 1959 through 1971. The award is given for a dynamic exhibition of skilled creativity in automotive art that induces desire and stirs the soul. Tom's canvas "Afterwards Comes Later" became the first artwork to garner this notable award.
U.S. Postal Service Announces Issuance of Fritz's Muscle Cars (Forever®) Stamp Series
February 22, 2013
Tom is honored to have been commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create works celebrating five iconic automobiles: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. This is the third issuance in the "America on the Move" series. Each of these cars represents the adventurous spirit of the muscle-car era. The original artworks are now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum. This exciting and colorful series will be issued February 22, 2013.
Fritz Honors David Mann
Tom's recent portrait of artist David Mann struck a deeper chord when Quick Throttle magazine chose it for the cover of their December issue. The original oil was unveiled at the David Mann Chopperfest in Ventura California. "The portrait Tom created not only captures the essence of David Mann," remarked David's wife, Jacquie Mann, "it also pays tribute to the artist himself." Tom added, "My aim was to reach the truest part of a man – an artist – who followed his convictions and defined the spirit of his life's experience using the materials of his passion. Through his imagination and brushwork, David Mann raised a clubhouse where a culture may come and celebrate itself."
Tom Garners Athena Award at Pebble Beach
Tom's romantic painting entitled "The Good Life" was chosen by the independent judges to receive the Athena Award of Excellence at the Automotive Fine Arts Society's Premier Exhibition awards ceremony on August 18th. This marks the sixth time Fritz has been recognized with this award.
When Road & Track magazine called his studio and asked if he would create a requiem of Carroll Shelby, Tom was distinctly humbled. His painting was published in the August 2012 issue on page 81.
The Megadeluxe.com Interview
In a studio interview, Fritz reveals how he keeps his seething cauldron of creativity boiling. Read it here.
Bob Drake Reproductions Commission
When Bob Drake commissioned Tom to create a front and back cover for his "New Additions" catalog, he stipulated that he wasn't looking for a hot rod, but rather the kind of car a typical family would own, like a '37 Ford. "No. You Gotta Take The Dirt Road" is Tom's depiction of a slantback in the midwest, circa the late 30's. Using his neighbors as models, Fritz created this narrative, squeezing a great deal of life in a simple image. Prints are available
Tom's Image Centerpiece of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame 2011 Induction Ceremony
November 18, 2011
"So Woefully Underpaid", Tom's painting depicting an iconic moment in AMA Grand National lore was the focus of attention at the recent Induction Ceremony held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The depiction is of Kenny Roberts broadsliding the 125 horsepower Yamaha TZ750 through the final turn (while tagging hay bales) on his way to passing Jay Springsteen and Corky Keener to win the Indy Mile in Indianapolis in 1975. The image was vigorously well-received by the audience, and presented to Kenny Roberts at his induction.
Bob Drake Reproductions Catalog Cover and limited Promotional Poster
For the second time, Bob Drake Reproductions has enhanced the cover of their parts catalog with Fritz's imagery. "S'Gonna Be A Hot One" and "Comin' Across Tough" were selected. The company also distributed an extremely limited signed-by-the-artist promotional poster of "S'Gonna Be A Hot One" at their booth at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Tom garners Best in Show at "Immortalized", ArtHatch Distinction Gallery
September 9, 2011
Upon handing out the Best of Show Award, artist and juror Robert Williams pronounced the following: "There are some artists that are good, and there are some artists that are excellent; there are some artists that are funky, and there are some artists that are just goddamn remarkable. Best in Show goes to Tom Fritz."
Fritz awarded his sixth Best in Show at Pebble Beach
Fritz is among several of the Automotive Fine Art Society's artists to be awarded the prestigious Peter Helck Award at the AFAS Premiere Exhibition at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In fact, he is now the only artist to have won the award for an unprecedented sixth time, and the only artist to win the award back-to-back twice! Tom's first Helck Award came in 1997 for "What Is Good For Young Bulls", the second in 1998 for "Evening Riders" (which also marked the first time an artist won the award two years in a row), the third in 2003 for "Taking Artistic License", the fourth in 2007 for "A Little Ahead of Schedule", in 2010 for his oil-on-canvas entitled "Stone Hooked", and now for his painting "Out Quicker Than A Hiccup". The never-before exhibited painting was introduced at the show. "My painting of a dirty, crusty Ford Model T, buried up to it's axles in mud, with all the sloppin' and muckin' and roost flying, the sound of snortin' and cussin' and spittin', pounding hooves and rattling trace chains on the whipple trees and double tree stood out in obvious contrast to the quiet exotica parked outside around the tent. I'm especially proud that the movement and emotion in my work was so palpable."
Waves at Pebble Beach Concours
August 17, 2011
Take a look at the never-before-exhibited paintings that will debut at Pebble. Click on over to New Works
See What They're Saying
July 1, 2011
A well-written commentary on Fritz's work. Read it here: Commentary
"Exhibition Announcement: The Works of Tom Fritz"
May 7 - November 6, 2011
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is pleased to present a much-anticipated exhibition of thirteen original paintings by Tom Fritz. Some of his finest inspired visual and emotive investigations will comprise this solo exhibition. The six-month long retrospective is a stunning survey of the breadth of the artist's technical fluency, his composition, and his light and color sensibilities. This show promises an opportunity to observe the universal connections Fritz finds in painting the underlying energy in several aspects of motorsport.
"Tom Fritz, Frontier of Speed"
April 5, 2011
See what they're saying over at Genevieve Chappell's. Article
"Masters of Chicken Scratch" Volume 2
Tom's artwork is featured in the second volume of this highly successful compendium of the 'hot rod art' genre. Only the best of fine art, design, and conceptual model building goes into the Masters of Chicken Scratch series.
Tribute Painting for Tom Medley
Fritz recently created a tribute painting for the reknown photographer, artist, cartoonist (creator of the ingenious character Stroker McGurk), writer, and former publisher of Rod & Custom, Tom Medley. His depiction of a portrait of Tom being brushed by Stroker was presented artist-to-artist at the recent 'Shindig' at the Wally Parks NHRA Museum in Pomona. There was hardly a dry eye in the house. The image of the artwork can be seen on the cover of the January 2011 issue of Rod & Custom.
Fritz garners his fifth Best of Show at Pebble Beach
Tom is among several of the Automotive Fine Art Society's artists to be awarded the prestigious Peter Helck Award at the AFAS Premiere Exhibition at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. In fact, he is now the only artist to have won the award for an unprecedented fifth time! Tom's first Helck Award came in 1997 for "What Is Good For Young Bulls", the second in 1998 for "Evening Riders" (which also marked the first time an artist won the award two years in a row), the third in 2003 for "Taking Artistic License", the fourth in 2007 for "A Little Ahead of Schedule", and the fifth in 2010 for his oil-on-canvas entitled "Stone Hooked." The painting was introduced at the show. As Fritz relates, "I wanted to create a painting that showed more about who we are than about the vehicle we sit in. I tried to portray the intensity and passion I see reflected in hot rodders."
Tom Creates Iconic Imagery for Deuce of Spades Film
Long a favorite of Producer/Director Faith Granger, Fritz was enlisted to bring into play his distinctive style and create two powerful pre-release posters evoking the gritty passion in her soon-to-be-released movie, "Deuce of Spades". "Johnny Callaway" and "Last Race" are the first two in a much-anticipated series of images. As these are the earliest signature images of the film, these works are now part of the film's iconography and history – just as important in some respects as the film itself. For fans who appreciate what poster art means, a limited quantity of posters signed by Tom, Faith, and actor Timothy Luke are available. See the "Posters" page on Tom's website for more information.
"Layin' Down Some Oil" at Barrett-Jackson
Tom was recently caught slashin' and thrashin' in his booth at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. See what you missed here: Caught In The Act - Online review
Tom received a commission by Harley-Davidson to paint the cover of the Harley-Davidson 2009 Genuine Motor Accessories and Genuine Motor Parts Holiday Guide.
Tom's celebrated image of the legendary Malcolm Smith, entitled "Screaming Banshee", has been released on a limited edition Troy Lee Designs/SE2 Malcolm Smith Replica Helmet. Click on over to: Helmet
Bob Drake Catalog
Bob Drake enhanced the cover of his 2009 parts catalog with Fritz's artwork, "Lookin' For That Old Time Religion", and included an extraordinary review on the inside rear cover.
Over My Shoulder... Making Hot Rod Art
September 27, 2008
This start-to-finish look "over Tom's shoulder" as he created the painting "Quick Sombish" has become a popular read. From reference collection, to on-canvas revisions, to final licks, watch Fritz pull an image from his dreams. Be sure to leave a comment! Click on over to: Hot Rod Art
Looking Into Tom's Past
Fritz was asked to pen an article about himself for the first issue of Benchrace Speed E-zine. So one evening, he dropped his brush and banged out an episode that happened to him in the eighth grade, in a boring social experiment we'll call "Drafting class". Find out why folks hand him tubes of "Flicks" candy when he appears at shows. Click on over to: Story
January 17, 2009
Article about Tom's work in Budd Davisson's online blog - "Meet Tom Fritz: He Portrays Good Times, Long Gone". Scroll down to his 17 Jan 09 entry. Article
July 3, 2008
Article about Tom's work in Ken Rockwell's online blog - "How To Create A Masterpiece". Article
July 1, 2008
Tom's work featured in video review of Velocity Art Show. Video
Article about Tom's paintings in "The Zen of Neato" online blog. Review
AMA Gains A Slot On The Easel
Fritz was selected by the American Motorcyclist Association to create artwork for this summer's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days event in Lexington, Ohio. Entitled "Knowin' What's What", his original artwork depicting Gene Romero astride his 750cc Triumph Trackmaster will be auctioned off at the event, with proceeds going to the AMA.
New H-D Commemorative
Tom proudly introduces his latest work, "10-8". This is the only Harley-Davidson licensed Fine Art Offering celebrating 100 years of Harley-Davidson Police Motorcycles. "I was honored to be asked to create an iconic image depicting the distant ends of this evolution. Not only am I intrigued by the technological advancements in the motor, com, and the officer's uniform, armor, and weapon, but I'm also acknowledging the special connection an officer has always shared with the duty bike." Fritz added, "In a sense, they're a team; they're partners." Reproduced as a very limited giclée print on canvas, they are available framed with an engraved commemorative plate.
"Hot Rod - Art Inspired By The Culture"
July 2008 College of the Canyons Art Gallery
The College of the Canyons hosted this exhibition, which brought together works from five of Hot Rodding's southern California artists. Fritz's work was showcased along with Coop, Kent Bash, Robert Williams, and Thom Taylor.
"At A Hunnert Mile" in Geico commercial
It's confirmed! That is Fritz's Harley-Davidson licensed "Century Collection" image, "At A Hunnert Mile", making its appearance in a recent Geico television commercial. The studio recently received numerous reports from viewers who recognized the artwork.
Tom Debuts Two New Works
Barrett-Jackson, January 2008
Tom will introduce his newest oils, "Making Their Way" (those good ol' Duke boys straight'nin' a curve in the "General Lee"), and "Ain't No Scrap Heap" (a dose of cool with a wind blown war-horse).
Tom's Work Published as Official Holiday Image
Road & Track Magazine, December 2007
Fritz's "Taking The Sleigh For A Spin" was published in the "PS" section of Road & Track Magazine's December 2007 issue, and is the cover image of their Holiday card. With this mischievous depiction of a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT goosin' it through a turn, it is evident that Tom continues to indulge his hideous addiction.
Fritz Awarded Best Of Show at 2007 AFAS Premiere Exhibition
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, August 18, 2007
Tom was thrilled to have been announced the winner of his fourth Peter Helck Award at the Automotive Fine Arts Society's Premiere Exhibition Reception for his oil entitled, "A Little Ahead Of Schedule". The dramatic composition with strong technical skill of the winning painting was a crowd pleaser. Speaking about his award, Fritz said, "Overall, I was impressed by the diversity and quality of my colleague's artworks in this show. The selection process is by no means easy, and I found myself up against very powerful talent." Tom added, "Exhibitions of this nature really push me to continue to pursue unconventional approaches in order to express my personal vision." Read more about this from AutoWeek.
Tom is Featured Artist in Automotive Fine Art Journal
Automotive Fine Art Journal, Vol.19, No. 33
In this issue, O'Ceip Cimota spends some time kicking around with the artist in his studio. Not only appreciative of the time Tom spent sharing his knowledge, but the author found the artist to be dedicated, determined, and was amused by his wonderfully witty outlook on life. He adds, "His supreme interpretive abilities and candid insights open our eyes to the world of American Hot Rodding. He's the genuine article for the job."
"A Little Ahead Of Schedule" Featured
The Robb Report, August 2007
"A Little Ahead Of Schedule", Tom's compelling depiction of a '32 Ford roadster and a 4-8-4 Baldwin Locomotive appears in an article featuring the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) Premeire Exhibition at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Tom's Work Featured
The World Of Rods, Vol. 1, No. 2
Check out "Rodder's Art" on page 94.
"Like Bats Outta Hell" is Focal Point at Deuce Day 2007
Petersen Museum, Los Angeles, CA
"Like Bats Outta Hell" was selected to serve as the backdrop to the stage at this historic celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1932 Ford. The visual impact of the 10' x 20' image was significant.
Tom's Work Making a Global Impact
February / March 2007
Tom's artwork is really starting to make a global impact. In addition to licensing six of his images to Harley-Davidson Japan for a marketing campaign, Tom has entered into an agreement to feature his works in Harley-Davidson concept stores in Brazil, indicating that the worldwide exposure to Tom's work is increasing substantially.
Hop Up Magazine
Tom's image, "Wanna Wait It Out...In There?" is the cover of Hop UP Issue 8. The cover is now available as a poster from Hop Up Magazine.
The August 1996 Street Rodder Magazine cover bearing Tom's commemorative image for the "Return to Muroc" appeared on the wall of "Most Significant Magazine Covers" at the Petersen Museum's Deuce Day Event in late February 2007. This cover marked the second instance where SRM featured artwork on their cover.
Recent Articles Featuring Tom
Rodder's Journal, Issue 62
PowerGlide Muscle Cars (France)
August September 2013
Encounter with Tom Fritz (Recontre avec Tom Fritz), Page 10 - 14
Stamps Revisited, Page 42
Moto Artist Tom Fritz, Page 62
COVER: Portrait of David Mann
Road & Track(USA)
Requiem of Carroll Shelby, Page 81
Ol' Skool Rodz (USA)
Centerspread, Pages 52 - 55
Driver Magazine (Poland)
March - July 2011
Cover and Centerspread
Rod & Custom (USA)
COVER and Page 32
V8 Magazine (Finland)
Page 36 - 39
American Motorcyclist (USA)
Auto Art (USA)
Page 14 and 16
Pages 48 - 55
Auto Art (USA)
Pages 6 - 11
Classic American (United Kingdom)
No. 216, April 2009
Pages 68 - 72
Garage Style (USA)
Pages 48 - 55
Auto Art (USA)
Street Rodder (USA)
Chrom & Flammen (Germany)
Pages 56-57, 76-80
Cover, Pages 48-51 and the 2009 calendar insert
Road & Track
Pages 122 - 123
Mondo Biker (Spain)
Pages 54 - 60
September 24 2007
"MOTO" Magazine (Russia)
Pages 64 - 68
The Robb Report
The World Of Rods
Volume 1, Number 2
The Rodder's Journal
Bike Freak (Russia)
New Publications Featuring Tom's Art
Masters of Chicken Scratch, Volume 2
By Dwayne Vance
How To Draw Choppers Like A Pro
By Thom Taylor
Published by Motorbooks
Pages 66, 73, 74, 84, 126
"Carving It In Rubber" - Program Cover
2006 Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America
"There are some artists that are good, and there are some artists that are excellent; there are some artists that are funky, and there are some artists that are just goddamn remarkable."
Source: Artist Robert Williams upon presenting "Best Of Show" to Fritz at ArtHatch Distinction Gallery, Escondido, California on September 9, 2011
"As always, warm, life-like beautiful art that is worthy to hang in the Getty Museum . Tom gives our style of life a soul in his paintings."
Source: Stormy Byrd
"Contemporary fine art is most often either arcane or merely decorative. It is not often that you discover modern works of art that are rich in narrative and have the capacity to illicit longing and wonder. And you most definitely won't find these qualities in automotive art. With the exception of Tom Fritz's artwork. He achieves these effects and more. Auto enthusiasts should be thrilled to have an artist of this caliber in their midst.."
Source: Dylan Stewart, STOIC
"His style speaks volume about light and form."
Source: Rich Boyd, Editor, "The World of Rods" Magazine
"His sole purpose is to convey a mood or evoke feelings that center around traditional hot rodding scenes, and he does it wonderfully."
Source: Steve Coonan, Editor, "The Rodder's Journal"
"[I] was suddenly overwhelmed by the impossibility of adequately describing his work because looking at his paintings on the web and seeing them in person are two entirely different experiences. On the web, they just look like paintings. In real life, they have a subtlety of color and shadow that makes them something of an impressionistic photograph: the detail is softly perfect and the aura, at least to me, is very, very powerful."
Source: Budd Davisson, January 17, 2009, http://www.airbum.com/BlogOn.html
"[His] supreme interpretive abilities and candid insights open our eyes to the world of American Hot Rodding. He's the genuine article for the job, ..."
Source: Automotive Fine Art Journal, 2007, Tom Fritz AFAS, by O'Ciep Cimota
"When Grant Larson (manager, advanced exterior design, Porsche AG) was asked what he, as a Porsche designer, uses for inspiration, he answered, "A firm grounding in the company's history, racecars, hot rods, and Tom Fritz's automotive paintings."
Source: Full Circle, Summer/Fall 2004, "Art Center Car Classic '04"
"Some say Fritz is the Rockwell of our generation. Say Hallelujah!"
Source: HOP UP Magazine - June 1999
Shows for 2016
- SEMA, Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 1 - Nov. 4