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The Motorsport Art of David Lord AFAS: An Artsgarden Exhibit

WWII Fighter Plane Painting David Lord“The Motorsport Art of David Lord AFAS” exhibit is on display at the Indianapolis Artsgarden now through May 29, 2013.

Lord calls his style “interpretive realism,” which he describes as “a constant attempt to combine reality with the freshness and freedom of the brush stroke.” He says, “By capturing an image in time, I feel my art brings to the viewer the same feelings and reactions I have creating it.” There is an authentic quality to his work, to be sure, one that reflects a deep passion for the machine aesthetic. He says, “This is my goal for my art; to make it strong . . . to make ripples in the worlds of others, to bring back memories and add to their lives in unique ways.”

Davcid Lord stands before a muralA New Englander by birth, Lord now resides in Speedway, Indiana, and his story is an interesting one. From a very young age he was fond of drawing cars, boats airplanes and tanks next to his grandmother’s easel. In the 8th grade he sharpened his skills by drawing hundreds of cars and planes. His love of art was nurtured in high school by a dedicated teacher who taught him the valuable skills and techniques, and helped hone his ability to know what to keep and what to leave out of his art.

david Lord - Painting of vintage race carUpon graduation from high school he studied for 2 years at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, only to later begin school at the Art center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. His art caught the attention of General Motors Corporation, which granted him a full scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of professional Arts in Industrial Design in 1965.

Painting of race cars by David LordAfter college, he worked for UniRoyal in South bend, Indiana designing consumer products. After 3 years he decided to start his own company, at which point his creative vision began to take shape. He was invited to an exhibition of automotive art at the Meadow Brook Hall Concours d’ Elegance, in the Detroit area. There he met other artists who were pursuing the same dream, which would eventually lead to his becoming a founding member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society.

He was honored with the prestigious AFAS Athena award for his work in 1991 and 1993, and his work was put on display in the Behring Museum in California and the Rosso-Bianco museum in Frankfort, Germany, both very well-respected automotive museums.

He now resides in Speedway, Indiana right next to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His private studio is adorned with the work of fellow artists and friends Larry Braun, John Burgess, Ken Dallison, Peter Helck, Dennis Hoyt, Walter Gotschke and others.

His art was praised by Automobile Magazine as “one of America’s best painters of motor racing scenes.” For anyone who appreciates the aesthetic aspect of automotive machines, this art exhibit is a must-see.

Event Info

  • Location: Artsgarden, 110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Tel. 317-624-2563
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