Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 31, 2017
Photos By: Michael Irvine Studios

We’re huge fans of Michael Irvine’s automotive artwork and we’re continually amazed at the ideas he brings to fruition and the incredible details found within his works, especially series like the Now and Then, Reflections of Horsepower, and others. While Irvine does offer GM and Mopar based art as well, his largest selection of work comes from the Blue Oval side of the playground. Irvine has captured classic and late-model Mustangs, as well as Ford powered dream rides like Shelbys, Cobras, GT40s, Ford GTs, and more. Irvine’s artwork is available in several forms for just about any budget as well, and we don’t have to tell you how cool they’d look in your game room, office, or den either!

The second in Irvine’s Icons of Industry series, his latest is called Building the Beasts and is a peek into one of the most famous production facilities of all time, Shelby’s LAX hanger location where the venerable Shelby G.T. 350 was built, as well as Shelby’s Cobra, and others. As most of our readers know (but we’ll tell the story for those just tuning in), Carroll Shelby outgrew his original Venice, CA shop in 1965 and Shelby moved production to the now famous hangars at the Los Angeles airport. When production was at full throttle in March of 1966, Team Shelby was creating seven GT350 road cars per day, out of just one of the two hangars at LAX. The large open spaces, with an unobstructed view of the entire production facility, gave Irvine the idea of setting his painting inside the hangar—allowing the viewer a unique, dramatic look into one of the most well-known automotive production facilities of our time! “This painting is my expression of appreciation for Carroll Shelby and the team of engineers and fabricators that sculpted some of the most visually exciting cars of all time,” states Irvine.

Although Shelby and his team operated at LAX for only three years, it was there that they created some truly iconic automobiles. This painting captures a moment in automotive history—a glimpse into Shelby American's LAX production facility where these legendary cars were built, including the world’s #1 most recognized car, the 427 Cobra. While planes land and take off outside, in this building, Shelby and his team produce the cars that are destined to win the races, dominate the circuits and tear up the streets. Undeniably, this is the “Building of the Beasts.”

All art reproductions are individually hand-signed/hand-numbered by the artist, Michael Irvine and are accompanied by signed/numbered Certificate(s) of Authenticity. Limited Edition Prints and Artist Proofs are embossed with Michael's Studio Seal as well. Available sizes and print/proofs include:

Limited Edition Print (only 800 produced)
Overall size: 24x32
Image size: 20x27
10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock
Choice of available print number
Price: $160

Artist Proof with Custom Remarque (only 20 released)
Overall size: 24x32
Image size: 20x27
10pt satin finish, acid free, museum quality stock
Remarque is custom, done-to-order in pencil or painted in watercolor (your choice)
Price: Single Remarque $500/double Remarque $750

Gallery Edition Canvas (only 50 produced)
Size: 36x48
Heavy weight, acid free, archival quality canvas with specialty coating
North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) and ready to hang
International orders shipped rolled
Price: $1,500

Personalized, Hand-Retouched Gallery Edition Artist Proof on Canvas (only five produced)
Size: 36x48
Same canvas/coating as Gallery Edition Canvas
North American orders are shipped stretched (gallery wrapped) and ready to hang
International orders shipped rolled
Price: $3,000