May 16, 2011


The British Are Painting! The British Are Painting!

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Commissions Trio of Acclaimed Artists from the United Kingdom to Create 2011 Posters

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 17, 2011) — The commemorative posters have become some of the most sought mementos of Pebble Beach Automotive Week, held annually at Pebble Beach Resorts during the third week of August. This year three British artists have been commissioned to create the event posters for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex and Pebble Beach RetroAuto.

“The spirit of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance comes through in the artists’ paintings,” said Sandra Button, Chairman of the Concours. “I’m impressed by how these renowned artists are able to capture the splendor and excitement of the world’s most desirable cars on our posters.”

The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster is being painted by Barry Rowe of Warwick, England, the Concours’ most commissioned artist who, for 14 consecutive years, has been selected to paint posters for the Pebble Beach Concours or the Pebble Beach Tour.

According to Rowe, being commissioned to create the Pebble Beach Concours poster is “the greatest honor for an automotive artist.” In 2011, Rowe captures the “design, quality and prestige” surrounding Mercedes-Benz and 125 years of the automobile. Making distinctive use of light, shadow and movement, Rowe has illustrated the style and beauty of some of the world’s most sought-after classic cars.

The 2011 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster, created by Gary Whinn of Powys, Wales, marks the 50th anniversary of the development of the Ferrari 250 GTO, called the “greatest Ferrari ever” by Motor Trend magazine.

“The news that I had been chosen to be the Tour poster artist was indeed one of those golden moments that I will remember forever,” said Whinn. “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to describe my feelings as absolutely elated!”

Working predominantly in acrylic and pastel, Whinn captures a sense of sunlit nostalgia in his work. He typically includes people in his paintings to help portray his personal view of automobiles as an integral part of the backdrop in the everyday drama of life.

Rowe and Whinn are members of the prestigious Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) and will exhibit some of their most recent works at the AFAS Exhibit, sponsored by the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company and held in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours for 26 years.

The Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster will be created by Tim Layzell of Bristol, England, for the third straight year. His work will depict a Stutz Bearcat in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, making use of color to give the painting a “slightly period feel by using more subtle tones,” said Layzell.

“Some great artists have been chosen over the years to paint the Pebble Beach Concours posters, so it's great to be among them now. It's quite a bit of pressure to make sure it's a great image that people will still appreciate in many years to come.”

All three posters will be available at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21. Automobiles roll onto the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links for the competition beginning at dawn, judging commences at 9 a.m., and the show field and AFAS exhibit open to spectators at 10:30 a.m. General admission to the Concours, including the AFAS exhibit and other displays, is $175 in advance and $200 on Concours Sunday. Club d’Elegance tickets are available for $550.

Pebble Beach Automotive Week begins with the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex on Thursday, August 18, and concludes with the second of the Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding & Company on the evening of Concours Sunday.

Dan Smith (310) 224-4954 (

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