Sturgis, SD, August 30, 2010 -- Renown painter David Uhl and famous motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter have a big surprise for the winners of Class 2 and Class 3 of the Motorcycle Cannonball, a cross country endurance ride for more than 50 pre-1916 motorcycles that will leave Kitty Hawk, NC on September 10 headed for Santa Monica, CA 16 days later.
David and Michael will be scanning the entire event in Kitty Hawk for a photographic aspect that depicts the excitement and spirit surrounding the start of the rally. Once the photographs are complete, they will split up. Lichter will travel the entire ride shooting from the back of a 1953 rigid Harley-Davidson Panhead (facing backwards) and David returns to his Golden, CO studio to commence his own personal race against time. He will be painting an original oil on canvas based on Lichter's photographs, finish the painting before the end of the ride, and then fly to California to present the painting to the winner of Class 2. For the winner of class 3 (the multi cylinder/multi speed class), David has already completed a historically relevant work featuring the ride's namesake, E.G. Baker aka Cannonball Baker. Uhl will also present this original painting.
Uhl is highly respected for his unique style and vintage motorcycle paintings. With illustrator Daniel James, he founded a fine art gallery located in Golden, CO. His artwork is displayed worldwide. Collectors and celebrities alike also seek it, including Jay Leno, Steven Tyler, and U2. CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood referred to David as, "The Norman Rockwell of Harley-Davidson artists." Uhl's work has long commemorated large motorcycle events, such as The Black Hills Rally in Sturgis, SD.
Michael Lichter's work has focused on motorcycles and the biker lifestyle for over 30 years. His work has illustrated over 1,000 articles, 10 coffee table books, annual reports, advertising, billboards, and more. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums and are collected internationally. His commercial clients include Harley-Davidson, Allstate Insurance, Nikon, Metzeler Tires, Indian Motorcycles, S&S, and many other names from the motorcycle industry. Often traveling to capture his subjects, Michael continues to operate out of the studio he has maintained for 28-years in Boulder, Colorado.
Additional information: Special limited edition prints of these two original David Uhl fine art paintings will be available for purchase through Uhl Studios. There are plans to do a third post-event piece based on the many photographs Michael will take during the Motorcycle Cannonball. For information on David Uhl's artwork, go to www.uhlstudios.com. Samples of Michael Lichter's work are at www.lichterphoto.com.