Crafting a Bachelor Pad - 7 cartists to make your walls suck less

I’ve been lucky enough to make friends with a lot of cartists (people who make art, that largely has to do with the automobile) over my lifetime, I sort of know how it happened. (Kristina Albrecht and I have a kid with the same name, and happened to be interested in the ford focus in 01-02 or so, and off it went.) Somehow I ended up being friends with quite a few of these guys, why they still talk to me, I’ll never know. I’m obnoxious. This is a bit of an homage to the craft, but also definitely a buyers guide. Please note, that there are so many talented artists in this field, I’m just giving you people whose work I personally own, or intend to own in the near future. (Some of the art I own, didn’t come from people who traditionally make prints available for sale. ) One of the hardest parts about making a space your own, gets down to the final details. Especially being a “car guy” the first instinct is pictures of cars and going full man cave. The thing is - there’s a ton of good art available. Displayed correctly, it’s still classy “bachelor pad” and not “man cave”, which is the goal. You can absolutely hang art that is relevant to you, and still keep an air of classiness.

Vintage Curves - Ed Tillrock

Vintage Curves - Ed Tillrock

Ed Tillrock - He’s from Chicago, he does things with a number 2 pencil, that I can’t do with a camera. (not that I can do anything aesthetically pleasing with a camera.) and he chooses his subjects so well. SO WELL. If it weren’t for his famous pencil watermark, most of his art appears to be black and white photography. It’s so good. I don’t own a piece of his yet, because I can’t decide. I’ve got it narrowed down to about 5… teen. Ok, fifteen. Not narrowed down at all.

Miami Nights - Dirty Donny - Also your favorite Trapper Keeper.

Miami Nights - Dirty Donny - Also your favorite Trapper Keeper.

“Dirty” Donny Gillies - He has his own model car collaboration, he does artwork for pinball games, and he makes blacklight art, that looks like legit blacklight art. (Not that garbage from the mall) A quick perusal of his website, will have you pricing out 70’s vans on ebay. His style borders on maniacal, but is so on point, that you really can’t help but love it. He has absolutely mastered the medium. I will own that book. It will be my only coffee table book. It deserves to be alone, so that it might truly be admired.

U.F.O. Task Force - Max Grundy

U.F.O. Task Force - Max Grundy

Max Grundy - Max has a style all of his own. It’s almost pop art, meets propaganda but so much more. The one piece I have of his, is a post card from Disneyland. Not gonna lie. I’ll eventually have a big boy piece, but the postcard of Flo from Cars, was so rad I had to have it. (getting it home on the plane, in pristine condition was a trick) The art is borderline “chunky” but somehow all of the right details are there. It is both beautiful and masterful work.

Tense Moments - Brian Stupski - This was going to be the name of his news report on PBS, but he decided to go with naming the image that instead. Kudo’s!

Tense Moments - Brian Stupski - This was going to be the name of his news report on PBS, but he decided to go with naming the image that instead. Kudo’s!

Brian Stupski - Aside from being the most dashing Polack I know, he’s a great friend. I own many, many pieces of his work. The technical aptitude lurking behind the art that he creates, puts it on a higher level than someone who “does renderings” His art tells a story, but is left open ended enough that you find yourself creating the story in your head. He also co-hosts a podcast with a few other artists - in which they converse with some other pretty influential artists and builders. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you aren’t listening.

GT40 Gulf - Pinstripe Chris - There really is no more of an iconic duo in motorsport history. A piece of art, captured in this piece of art.

GT40 Gulf - Pinstripe Chris - There really is no more of an iconic duo in motorsport history. A piece of art, captured in this piece of art.

“Pinstripe Chris” Chris Dunlop - You can’t narrow Chris’s work down to one style. I don’t think he can either. His paint work goes from photo-realistic, to abstract, to somewhat whimsical. He does things with a sharpie that shouldn’t be humanly possible. He’s another one, that I can’t decide. He’s got too many pieces that I like. A lot of the vehicles he’s done were fine art to begin with, and he took them to another level.

Merc Kustom on a skateboard deck by HotRodKris - only one available… if the funds existed I’d have it.

Merc Kustom on a skateboard deck by HotRodKris - only one available… if the funds existed I’d have it.

Kristina Magnuson Albrecht - X doesn’t normally have prints available - but she does run a website for the sole purpose of selling art for your use. She can whip together your next car show shirt, or business logo, or whatever you need to look amazing. I am lucky enough to have a print of her artwork on my walls, and to have known her for far longer than I’d like to think about as it makes me remember how old I actually am.

Frankenstein Print - Hot Rod Jen - available in her  Etsy  store

Frankenstein Print - Hot Rod Jen - available in her Etsy store

HotRodJen - Jen makes her pieces available almost exclusively via social media and her etsy store otherwise catch her out and about at various events - at times she creates the pieces live, and puts them up for sale while doing it. It’s honestly pretty entertaining. Watching her create with paint, gold leaf, and a crazily steady hand is mesmerizing. (She also does Christmas ornaments! Now that I no longer have to worry about my dog eating them. It’s on the list for this years tree.) I got a small piece from her a few years ago for the modest fee of $20, and it’s amazing.

Again, these are just the people on my current radar. If I didn’t list you, or your favorite - say something in the comments. Shout yourself out. Give us even more eye candy to look at and ponder buying.

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