Dirk Becker has been creating art and especially painting historic automotive treasures since his college years, which by his own admission “was ages ago”… In fact Becker financed his studies to a large extent through commissioned artworks. Back then using the airbrush.
Aside from his automotive art activities, Becker is a “Petrol Head” through and through. He owns a Triumph TR3A and has been working in various management positions within the automotive industry for the last two decades.
When it comes to creating his works there is lots of emotions involved. “That is part of my incentive” he says. “For me, cars were never just means of transport, but always emotional tin creatures that want to be loved or even hated.” This is reflected in his drawing style. Sterile straight lines, especially those drawn using a ruler, are no where to be seen in Becker’s work.
“I like my pictures to appear a bit dirty and imperfect, just because old cars and racing tend to be a bit dirty and imperfect. I want the viewer of my pictures to smell the fuel, the oil, the leather and the rubber - I am always looking for the perfect imperfection, so to speak, striving for the most inaccurate straight line.”
More recently he got into drawing motor racing scenes which offers him a real huge field of creativity. Visualizing speed and fast movement goes hand in hand with his drawing style.
Historic Car Art has been operating from it's rural Derbyshire base since 2004. A business built over time from a passion for cars, their history and the racing exploits of drivers and manufacturers combined with a great interest in how this has all been depicted over the years in both artwork and promotional advertising.
The founder of the company believes very strongly in bringing high quality products and a first class personal service to its clients. This approach means that Historic Car Art is now a leader in the acquisition and supply of original automotive art and vintage posters, building collections for discerning private and corporate clients worldwide.
Alongside this Historic Car Art publishes the highest quality fine art prints by leading automotive artists. Using only the best materials each print is produced in small limited edition runs and is signed and numbered by the artist.
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