AFAS member Klaus Wagger from Austria produces an annual Christmas card, here is his 2016 release.

AFAS newest Associate Member Sandrine Blondel recently exhibited at Goodwood. (her work is reviewed later in this edition) Here's the link Blondel at Goodwood to view the video.

AFAS member Jay Koka was commissioned by the North American International Auto Show (more commonly known as the "Detroit auto show") to produce the poster and official art for the 2017 show held this past January.

Kansas artist Phil Ward first exhibited in 2009 at the Dayton Concours d'Elegance where he donated a composition for their silent auction to benefit the Dayton Historical Foundation. "An important part of each individual's life is to give back to their community.  As we enrich our community our community prospers, grows and in return enriches each individual. If we don't give then who among us will?" Ward said. As an active participant in his local Community Foundation he recognized the benefit to giving. Ward set a course to donate artwork totaling $10,000 from 2009-2019.


Editor's Note: It's not every day we receive a generous offer like this. Here it is reproduced in full. Please contact Sue Fowler direct.

My late husband, Dick Fowler, had a few past issues of AFAS Quarterly Magazine in his collection of car books. Since he saved some of them from when we attended the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance events, I knew they were important to him, and maybe to someone else. I feel compelled to try to find a "home" for them.

He also saved Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance program books for almost every year 1985-2000. He was a printer by trade and an advertising man so the printed material was appreciated by him

So - is there any interest on your part in me sending you six early issue magazines and two different lists of available art, including the prices from the 1994 and 1999 Exhibition at Pebble Concours for FREE to a good home? I can't bear to throw them in the recycling bin if someone would enjoy them. I thought it might be fun for someone in your organization to look at them and maybe share with others who did not keep their copies.

The issues I have are the following magazines:
• two Pebble Beach Premiere Issues from 1988—no price listed on cover
• one Pebble Beach 1994 Number 20 issue — U.S. price listed as $4.95
• one Pebble Beach 1995 Number 21 issue — U.S. price listed as $7.95
• one Pebble Beach l998 Number 24 issue—U.S. price listed as $12.00
• one Pebble Beach 1999 Number 25 issue — U.S price listed as $12.00

If you are interested or know someone who is, please send me their contact name and address and I will see to it the they get these past AFAS Quarterlies.

Sincerely, Sue Fowler

Maurice Sneep is an automotive artist residing in Cobourg, Ontario Canada. (above) You can reach him at

Ilya Avakov is an automotive themed artist working in Romania (below)

Dean Adams

(Dean Adams will be a guest artist at the 2017 AFAS Pebble Beach show. A full review of his work is scheduled for the September issue, here's an excerpt)

"Though I'm a self-taught artist, once I discovered paintings by John Singer Sargent, I knew I had to change my approach in order to achieve the level of depth and dimension I knew was possible. That's when I decided to study painting from life. To fine-tune my skills, I began taking portrait and figure painting instruction using live models.

Today, painting from life is my preferred method and I've turned my attention to painting motorsports..."

Dean Adams: 1971 Ferrari-512M

Dean Adams: 1988-Benetton-B188

2016 AFAS Art Show Judges: Michelle Cousineau, center, with Clint Sly (left) Managing Director, Hagerty Financial Services and Ralph V. Gilles (right), Head of Design for Fiat/Chrysler.

Event emcee Dave Kunz and Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button enjoy a light moment at the reception.

A few of the award winning members: (top row) Jay Koka, Ken Eberts (with Edsel Ford II), Klaus Wagger and Richard Pietruska

The 31st Annual Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibition at Pebble Beach:

A Judge's Perspective

By Michelle Cousineau, Event photos by David Gooley

A phone call from artist Tom Hale brought wonderful news -- the Automotive Fine Art Society (AFAS) asking if I would participate as a judge at their 2016 Pebble Beach Exhibition! Of course the answer was yes, it would be an honor. I look forward to this event every year, the creativity on display is remarkable.

The Pebble Beach show is the premier annual showcase for this elite group, with member artists and invited guest artists traveling from around the globe to exhibit their works. The exhibition opens the day before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance with a preview party attended by concours participants and special guests. It is a nice opportunity to meet with the artists before the show opens to the public on Sunday. An awards ceremony recognizing artistic excellence also takes place at this reception

Prior to the festivities and the arrival of the guests, I reviewed the displays with the two other judges, Clint Sly of Hagerty Financial Services and Ralph V. Gilles, Head of Design for Fiat/Chrysler. We recognized the challenge ahead of us and spent hours looking at the art, which was an absolute pleasure. There is a great breadth of talent among these artists, their works in private collections and commissioned for concours events around the world.

The awards ceremony was interesting with Lincoln Motor Company President Kumar Galhotra speaking about the company's sponsorship of the event. Edsel Ford II and Henry Ford III were in attendance and graciously assisted with awards presentation.

The 2016 award winners are as follows: Athena Awards of Excellence went to Tom Fritz, Jay Koka, Stanley Rose, Barry Rowe and Richard Pietruska. The Art Fitzpatrick Award for work exemplifying automotive passion was awarded to Klaus Wagger. The Lincoln Award for Elegance was awarded to Ken Eberts, and the Peter Helck Award (judged by AFAS members) was given to Dennis Hoyt.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our regular contributor Wallace Wyss puts on his futurist hat. Wyss is writing a book on autonomous cars and has some thoughts on where auto themed art will be when the "Takeover" is completed.

The Future of Car Art ( the Age of Autonomous)

Right now, there are still plenty of old car fans: just go to Pebble Beach, The Amelia Island Concours, Goodwood Revival... every one of them is chock-a-block with fans that want to see cars that are 30, 40, 50, 60 years old. They relish the sounds, the flash of an exhaust, the squeal of tires scrambling for traction, the color, the four wheel ambiance. All that won't end in the Age of the Autonomous Car, let's just say it will be uh, restricted, much more so than is the case now. Of course, the first thing that will happen, starting around 2020, is that autonomous cars, by virtue of proving by way of court battles that they are superior to human-driven cars, will take over specific lanes reserved for autonomous cars. That will push those still piloting their own to fight for the remaining lanes.

Enthusiast cars? Those pesky car lovers. When will they get over it? That era's done for. The autonomous cars will have many built in "governors" for their powertrains to prevent such wanton and gratuitous displays of speed as burning rubber, two wheel drifts (and horrors, four wheel drifts) or speeding over the posted speed limit. Once the car is in autonomous mode, such actions will simply not be permitted by the robot at the wheel.

If the driver shuts off the autonomous control, which he or she can do now on a Tesla, the robot won't take that insult lightly, it will (by revenge?) record every microsecond of the driver's actions and duly inform the authorities of the violations, i.e. "And on Woodward Ave., do you know we went 75 mph as he crossed 15-Mile road?" As well as self ticket the driver. As violations and unpaid tickets mount, the autonomous car, good citizen that it is, will revoke the car owner's driving privileges and the car will be impounded and sold to a more obedient citizen that will toe the line.

Now for car artists, the picture is not entirely bleak. As autonomous cars become more and more common, those remaining high performance cars will be celebrated by enthusiasts who will grow more passionate about these last great steeds of the highway and want paintings and sculpture of their finest moments . Automakers will make some last performance models with 12 cylinder, or 16 cylinder engines, cars able to top 200 mph with grandiose flamboyant styling. It will be like prewar Europe in the age of Delage and Delahaye — let's make hay while the town burns! Think of the 16-cyl. Prototype Cadillac GM made in recent years or the Chrysler Atlantic. These kinds of cars are a sort of "take this" to the autonomous crowd. But then, around 2025, the Huntdown will occur as those remaining drivers of un-autonomous cars are hunted down and their cars confiscated and crushed as Enemies of the State. The only high performance cars that will escape are those with some autonomous features but for the autonomous crowd, their high performance capability will still be viewed as threatening to orderly driving. Oh, there will be a few examples remaining that are still allowed to run at dedicated race tracks, but even then the ecologists will insist they have ecology-oriented engines that are clean as a whistle and also silenced in sound, no louder than a bird chirping.

Then all we will have is the art...

THE AUTHOR: Wallace Wyss has authored 16 car books. He is currently working on a book on the autonomous car revolution and is in search of a publisher. He can be reached at