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2013-02-26 18:45:33 - Bill Motta will bring a spectacular group of works to show alongside other AFAS members during the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – Feb. 26, 2013 – Automotive Fine Arts Society Vice President Bill Motta will bring a spectacular group of works to show alongside other AFAS members during the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 8-10, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla. Motta will feature an original painting named “Eight Gull Wings”, as well as another masterpiece entitled “Beauty and The Beast”, both of which pay tribute to some of the most iconic cars ever built, as well as several other works.

“AFAS members are passionate about creating unique ways for Amelia Island Concours patrons to celebrate every aspect of fine motoring,” said Motta. “Our art allows everyone to enjoy the Concours d’Elegance while at the Ritz and then

every day after when they return home with the ultimate keepsake, a piece featuring their favorite vehicle.”

“Eight Gull Wings” is one of Motta’s most fanciful creations to be exhibited at the Concours. The elegant 30” x 40” original acrylic depicts a current generation Mercedes-Benz Gull Wing SLS AMG with its 1950’s predecessor reflected in the background, along with a pair of admiring seagulls.

The history and craftsmanship of the two magnificent cars is so strong that it even incites automotive lusts in the local aviary,” said Motta. “While few car owners like to attract the attention of birds, the opportunity to include eight ‘gull wings’ in one whimsical piece was too hard to resist.”

Motta’s second piece, “Beauty and The Beast”, is an 18" X 36" acrylic original that features a lovely vintage Jaguar and the rather homely “Batmobile”, one of which recently sold at auction for an amazing $4.3 million. The juxtaposition of these iconic cars highlights the spectrum of automotive wonder among those who cherish cars.

Motta’s paintings hang in both private and corporate collections worldwide, including those owned by Alfa Romeo, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Road & Track, Rolls-Royce and Subaru. He was commissioned to create the artwork for various Concours d’Elegance posters, including Pebble Beach, Meadowbrook Hall, Newport Beach and the Villa d’Este Concours at Lake Como in Italy. Motta was the first AFAS member asked to conduct an individual show at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. He helped pioneer the concept of a permanent “Art Wall” exhibit at the museum in 2005.

autoarAs a founding member of the AFAS, Motta has long been a champion of automotive art and its artists. As a founding member and Vice President of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, he continues to work with artists around the world to elevate the quality of automotive art and further promote its appreciation. He retired from Road & Track after 18 years as the Art Director and was the Art Director of Road & Track’s Special Division for another 20 years. Motta continues to contribute artwork as an independent consultant for the magazine.

Motta is a native of California and a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He resides in Newport Beach, Calif., with his wife Margit. To learn more about Mr. Motta and the Automotive Fine Arts Society, log on to or visit the Society when they showcase their best work at the Concours.

About the Automotive Fine Arts Society
AFAS was established in 1983 by a group of artists who are acknowledged by critics to be among the best in their field. Members work in many diverse mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal. AFAS and its members participate in select shows across the country including the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance, Dana Point Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d´Elegance. Information about AFAS is available at or by calling Austin Knott at (214) 520-3430 ext. 306 or

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14180 Dallas Parkway, Suite 325
Dallas, TX 75254

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