Barry Rowe, artist of the 2011
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster,
has painted posters for the
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for 14 years.
Photo courtesy of Barry Rowe

British Invasion

Three British artists have created the official event posters for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex and Pebble Beach RetroAuto.

“The spirit of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance comes through in the artists’ paintings,” said Sandra Button, Chairman of the Concours. “I’m impressed by how these renowned artists are able to capture the splendor and excitement of the world’s most desirable cars on our posters.”

The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster is being painted by Barry Rowe of Warwick, England. Rowe is a Pebble Beach regular who, for 14 consecutive years, has been selected to paint posters for the Pebble Beach Concours or the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, making him the Concours’ most commissioned artist. In 2011, Rowe captures the design, quality and prestige surrounding Mercedes-Benz and 125 years of the automobile.

The 2011 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster, painted by Gary Whinn of Powys, Wales, salutes the 50th anniversary of the development of the Ferrari 250 GTO sports car, called the “greatest Ferrari ever” by Motor Trend magazine.

“The news that I had been chosen to be the Tour poster artist was indeed one of those golden moments that I will remember forever,” said Whinn. “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to describe my feelings as absolutely elated!”

Rowe and Whinn are members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) and will exhibit some of their most recent works at the AFAS Exhibit, sponsored by the Lincoln Division of Ford Motor Company and held in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours for 26 years.

Tim Layzell of Bristol, England will create the Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster for the third straight year. His work will depict a Stutz Bearcat in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach, making use of color to give the painting a “slightly period feel by using more subtle tones,” said Layzell.

“Some great artists have been chosen over the years to paint the Pebble Beach Concours posters, so it's great to be among them now. It's quite a bit of pressure to make sure it's a great image that people will still appreciate in many years to come.”

All three posters will be available at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21.

Click here to view past posters for the Concours