Michael Irvine Automotive Fine
With a passion
for the automobile that started in his childhood, Michael Irvine has
chosen to focus his artistic talent on capturing American muscle cars in
watercolor. His unique approach to this traditionally 'loose' medium,
and ardent eye for detail produces clean, sharp images that are alive
with color and narration. Michaelís use of reflective surfaces and
Ďhiddení images along with his incredible attention to technical
accuracy, make his paintings highly captivating.
Asked why most of
his current paintings feature the Ford Mustang, Michael responds, "My first
car was a Mustang, so was my 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I really like itís
aggressive, Ďgo fastí look, with itís clean lines and chrome accents."
Although his portfolio seems to favor Mustangs, Michael likes and
appreciates American muscle cars in general. He has owned a 1973 Camaro and
admits he'd like to add a 1969 Camaro, '68 Charger and a '70 Challenger to
his collection. Michael
received his first art scholarship in Grade 2 and from this early
interest it was natural for Michael to gravitate toward commercial art.
He graduated from the Graphic Design program at Grant MacEwan College in
Edmonton, Alberta, but it was obvious from the start that illustration
was the focus of his talent. His approach to water color, together with
his background in illustration and his love of classic cars, have proved
instrumental in developing Michael's passion for automotive art.
In 1994, he
released Evolution of a Legend, in
commemoration of the Mustang's 30th anniversary. His most recent
releases include the extremely well received Mach 1 print,
Shakin' Up the Street, The General's Stars
Have Stripes, Any Color So Long As It's Black,
Flashback on the Track, End of the Line,
Big Blocks Behind The Barn and the two newest
Always Room For One More and
Elimination Round. Michael's work is
collected not only in North America, but internationally as well.
in Southern Ontario with his wife and two children. He enjoys a
successful independent business, allowing him the freedom to spend lots
of time with his family and to pursue his automotive fine art. He spends
his leisure time restoring and driving his lime gold 1967 GTA
convertible and restoring, a pewter 1971 Mach 1.