Event: “Righteous Rides… And the Dudes Who Drive Them!”

By | May 16, 2013

"Bullitt" by Grzegorz Domaradzki

“Bullitt” by Grzegorz Domaradzki

It’s not much of a secret that some of the guys in the Daily Derbi bullpen are as passionate about movies as they are cars, and why the heck not when you consider how frequently the two intersect on the Silver Screen? The motion picture and the automobile both hit American culture around the same time and have grown up together, two siblings from the same Industrial Age family.

If you also share this dual passion for the cinematic and the automotive, and you happen to be in the Los Angeles area this week, you might want to pop into the Hero Complex Gallery and check out a new art exhibition called “Righteous Rides… And the Dudes Who Drive Them!”

Described as “…focusing on prominent characters of fiction and their often creative ways of getting around,” the exhibition features stunning paintings from a variety of artists and in many different styles — everything from whimsical to abstract to just plain cool — that bring to life some of the most memorable vehicles ever seen on film and television. And not all of them are cars, either, or even, strictly speaking, real. The Millennium Falcon and Carl Sagan’s “Spaceship of the Imagination” from the old PBS series Cosmos are here right alongside Steve McQueen’s Mustang from Bullitt, James Bond’s Aston Martin, and The Dukes of Hazzard‘s General Lee. As the gallery’s description puts it, “…anything that rolls, races, flies, or crashes can be counted in this high-throttled, tour de force that celebrates your favorite modes of transportation and the characters who drive them!”

"Le Mans Gulf-Porsche 917K" by Kako

“Le Mans Gulf-Porsche 917K” by Kako

The show is running now through May 19, but if you can’t make it out to the coast in that time, you can sample the flavor of it in this post at the /Film blog. Even better, you can buy prints of all this fantastic stuff for your home or garage at the gallery’s online store! (Sorry, guys, that sweet Bullitt image posted at the top is already sold out!)

Jason Bennion is seriously considering the Rocketeer print from the “Righteous Rides” exhibition. He also blogs at www.jasonbennion.com.

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