Artwork of the Day: 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special, James E. Caldwell III

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “1935 Duesenberg SJ Special,” a 30″ x 40″ acrylic painting by Artexpo New York 2012 exhibitor James E Caldwell III.

"1935 Duesenberg," by James Caldwell III 30 x 40 acrylic

"1935 Duesenberg SJ Special" by James Caldwell III

Painter James E. Caldwell III had an epiphany when he spotted this this ’35 Duesenberg at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  Bright sunlight had broken through the Monterey Peninsula’s gloomy marine layer and shone on the car’s elegant streamlined design. James was struck and took out his camera.

I work from photographs, the photo session requires minimal time with the owner and the car, it allows me to capture the light at a given moment often in a natural environment.

That Duesie went on to win best of show that day — and James immortalized the moment with one of his most passionate, brilliantly colored paintings of automotive exotics.

My passion for cars can be seen in my work…I have always loved cars, as I became more serious about my painting they seemed to be an obvious subject choice. I continue to find capturing the complex reflections and distortions of light and color in the intricate surfaces to be a rewarding challenge.

A native Californian who lives and works in Menlo Park, south of San Francisco, James graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. Yet under the influence and tutelage of his father, the renowned California landscape painter Jim Caldwell, James says he has been a student of art for as long as he can remember.

There’s a growing demand for James’ original acrylic paintings of classic cars — “automotive portraits,” as he calls them — among collectors of both automobiles and art. As a Charter Member of Artexpo Studio, however, James is now making museum-quality reproductions of his work available to a wider audience. View and purchase James’ prints from his online gallery at Artexpo Studio:

You can also learn more about James E. Caldwell III at And if you are at Artexpo New York 2012, March 22-25 at Pier 92, stop by and see for yourself how James transforms steel and rubber into canvases of enduring beauty.

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