As you may know, David Uhl recently completed a whirlwind project for the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. He created two paintings relevant to the event, which were donated as first prizes to two of the class winners. His odyssey took him to the start of the event in Kitty Hawk, NC on September 10th. After collaborating with photographer Michael Lichter, David flew home to begin the first of the two paintings, which would need to be completed by the end of the event. Last night (September 26th), David was happy to present the paintings to Bradford P. Wilmarth and Rick McMaken in Santa Monica, California.
"Bake" features Erwin G. “Cannonball” Baker, who began racing motorcycles in 1908. He was famous for making 143 motorcycle rides across the United States totaling about 5,500,000 miles (8,850,000 km), starting way back in 1914. His first cross-country trip was on an Indian motorcycle and took a whopping 14 days. He was a legendary racer (cars & motorcycles) and would later become the first commissioner of NASCAR. An inductee in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame since 1998, he died of a heart attack in 1960 in Indianapolis. David placed him in front of the Santa Monica pier (where this year's endurance run ended) and painted in the "Kitty Hawk to Santa Monica" reference as well.
"Winner's Table", a beautiful still-life painting, includes the bronze sculpture that was crafted by Jeff Decker as a first-place award for the third winner. This piece features several references to the 2010 endurance run as well.
David also completed a third piece, titled "Into the Wind", which features endurance run founder Lonnie Isam and his 1915 Harley-Davidson, with the Wright Brothers memorial in the Kitty Hawk background.
In David's words, "I am honored to say that I was part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, being in Kitty Hawk at the beginning and Santa Monica at the end. I have to thank my friend Michael Lichter for helping me produce reference for these pieces, and riding the entire race backwards. My task was challenging but insignificant compared with those who actually completed the run. By far the most difficult aspect for me was trying to dream up a composition that reflected the variety of manufacturers that were entered in the run (Winner's Table). The piece with Cannonball Baker was possible because the availability of a vintage photo of Steven Wright's . I took some artistic license and put him in front of Santa Monica's historic Pier in 1915. What a thrill to play a small part in the success of the event!"
I've attached the images for your viewing. We will be producing an exclusive print edition of each of the three images. Each of these canvas giclee prints will be hand-signed and numbered by David and will come beautifully framed with a Certificate of Authenticity. Specifics are below:
"Bake" - 42 prints plus 4 Artist Proofs and 4 Hors d' commerce
"Winner's Table" - 42 prints plus 4 Artist Proofs and 4 Hors d' commerce
"Into the Wind" - 12 prints
Each of the prints is priced at $795, a great value for David's work. Given the historical significance and huge interest in this event, it is anticipated that these will go quickly! To reserve your print, please call me or reply to this email. Matching numbers will be made available if you'd like both "Bake" and "Winner's Table". Thank you.