Legendary Muscle Car Artist Art Fitzpatrick dies at 96

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Art Fitzpatrick, responsible for some of the most visually amazing artwork produced for General Motors from 1959 to 1971, passed away this week at the age of 96.

Fitzpatrick worked alongside his partner, Van Kaufman, where Fitzpatrick would draw the cars a little wider and lower than in reality and Kaufman would draw the scenery and people in the cars.
The most standout work was for the Pontiac GTO, which was so impressive, John DeLorean made sure only their pictures and drawings could be used in Pontiac ads.
Over 285 ads were produced in total by the pair, making them some of the most iconic automotive imagery.

Fitzpatrick started his career by enrolling in the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, now the College for Creative Studies at 18 years old, starting his first job at Briggs Body Co., where he worked on projects for Chrysler and the Lincoln Zephyr to name but a few.

It was after World War II that Fitzpatrick joined together with Van Kaufman, a former Disney animator to produce the standout drawings you see today.

Some of his most recent work was for the Postal Service with a series of postage stamps.

If you want to see more of his artwork the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo, Mich. as a gallery of more than 70 original drawings by Fitzpatrick.

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