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Stuart R. Blond
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Art Fitzpatrick

Post by Stuart R. Blond » Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:30 pm

Art Fitzpatrick, one half of the team that created some of the most eye-catching advertising artwork in history passed away this week in Carlsbad, Calif., at age 96.

Working with his partner, Van Kaufman, Fitzpatrick drew pictures of Pontiac’s “wide track” cars that came to define the brand from 1959 to 1971. During the run, “Fitz and Van” produced 285 advertisements. (Fitzpatrick drew the cars, often making them seem a little wider and a little lower than they already were, while Kaufman drew the scenery and people. Kaufman died in 1995.)

Fitzpatrick enrolled at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts in 1936 at age 18. According to a biography on his website, Fitzpatrick took a job as a designer at Briggs Body Co., where he worked on various projects for Chrysler and the Lincoln Zephyr. He also is credited with designing the 1940 Packard Darrin four-door sedan.

After World War II, Mercury signed Fitzpatrick to create images for its advertising. He also painted ads for Lincoln, Nash, Plymouth, Chrysler, Kaiser, and Studebaker.

More recently, Fitzpatrick drew two series of commemorative stamps for the U.S. Postal Service titled “America on the Move,” released in 2005 and 2008. The first series celebrated 1950s sporty cars, such as the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Thunderbird and Kaiser Darrin. The second set, “tailfins and chrome,” featured such cars as the 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, Chrysler 300C and Lincoln Premiere.

Dave Czirr
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Re: Art Fitzpatrick

Post by Dave Czirr » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:35 pm

Thanks Stuart for posting, I wasn't familiar with the name or the work of Mr. Fitzpatrick. I've attached a photo of Gene Tareshawty's 40 Darrin sedan from the Gettysburg National meet in 2010. Mr. Tareshawty's car is one of 2 "production" Darrin sedans (3 in total) which followed the first and was considerably modified for ease of production and cost reduction. Doesn't it seem strange to call it a "production" car with only 2 built.

PS - adding a few other photos.
Gettysburg 2010 029 sm.jpg
40 1804 by Darrin.jpg
40 and 41 Darrin sedans at Warren.jpg

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