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Automotive fine ARTIST: Michael Irvine
With a passion for the automobile that started in his childhood, Michael Irvine has chosen to focus his artistic talent on capturing American muscle and sports cars in watercolor. His unique approach to this traditionally 'loose' medium, and ardent eye for detail produces crisp, sharp images that are alive with color and narration. Michael’s use of reflective surfaces and ‘hidden’ images along with his incredible attention to technical accuracy, make his car art paintings highly captivating. His goal is to draw the viewer into the scene while slowly revealing more of the story before them.
Asked why many of his early paintings feature the Ford Mustang, Michael responds, "My first car was a Mustang, so was my 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I really like it’s aggressive, ‘go fast’ look, with it’s clean lines and chrome accents." Although his portfolio might seem to favor Mustangs, Michael likes and appreciates all American muscle and sports cars. He has owned a 1973 Camaro and currently has a '71 Firebird Formula in his collection. Michael admits that when space allows, he'd like to add a 1969 Camaro, '69 Mach 1, 2008 Bullitt Mustang, '68 Charger, '70 Challenger and the new 2009-10 Dodge Challenger, just to name a few!
Michael received his first art scholarship in Grade 2 and from this early interest it was natural for Michael to gravitate toward a career in art. With a strong focus on commercial illustration, he graduated from the Graphic Design program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta. His use of watercolor, together with his background in architectural illustration, incredible talent, and his love of classic cars, have proved instrumental in developing Michael's passion for automotive art.
In 1994, he released his first print, Evolution of a Legend, in commemoration of the Mustang's 30th anniversary. Over the next 12 years, while having a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Michael continued with his automotive paintings. In 2006, he decided to give his true passion his undivided attention, and now focuses on his automotive art full time. Some of his recent releases include "Blast By The Past", "They Came With The Farm Free", "Pride of Kenosha", and two paintings in his new 'Racing Legends' series, "Battle on the High Bank" and "The Competition Has Arrived"!
Michael lives in Southern Ontario with his wife, Linda, and their two children. Concentrating on his automotive art full time has allowed Michael the freedom to enjoy his family and the collector car hobby. He spends his leisure time attending car shows, driving his lime gold 1967 GTA convertible and working on the other cars in his collection.