|(This image has less resolution than the print.)|
In the fifties, taking a date out for "fine dining" wasn't easy in small town America. There were plenty of hamburger joints, but no Olive Gardens or Outback Steakhouses. In Beaumont Texas however, "THE PLACE" to go was Vic & Al's.
Notes from the artist:
All of the classic cars in this were rendered using my 1/18 scale die-case models. There's a '58 Pontiac Bonneville, '56 Chrysler Imperial, '58 Edsel and a '57 Studibaker Golden Hawk, which had 150 MPH on the speedometer ... and could do it!
I did meticulous research to get every detail accurate on the '58 Harley Duo-Glide
"Thanks for the memories. My father, Al Patrizi, is in a nursing home here in Austin and has Alzheimer's disease. He is still warm, funny and the same ol' cutup he has always been. I can't wait to show him this wonderful drawing, and possibly hang it in his room to enjoy."
The Making of Prom Night
Watch this slide presentation by the artist for some rare behind the scenes footage of the process of painting.
The original painting is 36x24" on masonite panel, completed in 2000.
Order a print of this painting for your home or office.