Automotive Artwork: by Al DiMauro
On exhibit now through May 2014
When New York automotive artist Al DiMauro moved to the Valley of the Sun near Phoenix, AZ, he’d already completed hundreds of paintings of subjects ranging from winning stock cars and their drivers to drag racing, open wheel and tractor pull champions and a multitude of antique and special interest automobiles. He’d even done nose art on B-52’s and captured images of long haul tractor trailers. But when he got to the southwest, within driving distance of the hot rod capital of the world, he knew he’d made the move of a lifetime. “We went to the LA Roadster show and I saw a Ford coupe with the finest paint job I’ve ever seen,” says DiMauro. “I couldn’t resist doing a painting of it, highlighting the reflections of the equally gorgeous street rod parked next to it. Everywhere I looked I saw cars that I wanted to capture on canvas and it was the same at the Grand National Roadster Show in January.”
DiMauro, whose paintings grace offices and homes across the nation, including the race shop at Hendricks Motorsports, returned to New York last fall to visit relatives and to take photos of the fall colors and old cars and trucks in various states of neglect, as he loves to combine the two in his paintings. A member of the Arizona Art Alliance, Scottsdale Art League and the Mesa Art League, DiMauro specializes in combining interesting automobiles with portraits of their owner or unique background settings, limited only by his and the car owner’s imaginations.