May 17, 2024

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Watch: Amalgam Launches Ford GT40 Fine Art Edition by Alan Thornton

Photographer Alan Thornton, working with a design and print making process employed by Andy Warhol, has built a group of new fine art pieces based on the Ickx/Oliver 1969 Ford GT40 driven to victory at the 24 Hour of Le Mans. 

The collaboration between the Amalgam Collection and Thornton will offer a limited edition of 200 Fine Art Prints measuring 1.0 meter (38 inches) wide by 0.7 meters (27 inches) tall on archival paper.  

Thornton has complete control over the entire process, from photography through to the ink mixing and pulling of the prints. Rather than use a four-color print process, each of the GT40 Fine Art Edition’s seven colors are defined and mixed to represent each element of the car’s paint and material finishes. The process demands much careful mixing of the inks and the hand pulling of each color to manage the spread of the dots onto the paper and achieve the desired outcome. 

The resulting print has pure and intense color. Skilled technique and creativity are essential to every stage of this craft — the process is sensitive to the touch, feel and technique of the printer, and as a result each print is unique. The meticulous nature of the process delivers works of extraordinary presence and depth.

Sandy Copeman, founder of Amalgam Collection, on the artworks of Alan Thornton: “Amalgam’s core mission has always been to capture iconic cars in supremely detailed large-scale models. When I met with Alan Thornton in 2020 it became clear to me very quickly that he was on a parallel mission to fully comprehend and capture iconic car designs and render them into perfectly worked 2D artworks. As with Amalgam’s models, Alan’s work exudes a passionate attention to the finest details, melded together to deliver a deep and powerful image of the subject car. Alan’s artistic comprehension of the car designer’s intentions, combined with his extreme technical virtuosity and a passion for the automotive subjects, results in very special artworks of great intensity and beauty. Presenting these works in person to the lead designers at Ford elicited an immediate and tremendously excited response, leading to a swift engagement and discussions about the most important classic and current cars representing Ford’s design DNA.”

Fine Art Prints are available now at $1,620 each. Learn more here.