A large-format Fittipaldi-signed art silkscreen print headlines a new collection of automotive art pieces
Bristol, UK, the 2nd of September 2022
Starting in 1995, Amalgam Collection has raised the status of modelling cars to an art form, with its clear and successful mission to capture the most beautiful and iconic cars at large scale and in perfect detail. Now Amalgam is proud and excited to announce the launch of a partnership with Alan Thornton, a seasoned commercial photographer and media director turned fine artist. Alan is also on a mission to capture those same beautiful and iconic cars, using an art screen printing technique that fully brings his photographic skills and keen aesthetic judgement to bear, within a subtle but powerful art form, delivering uniquely emotional and glamorous large format pieces in Limited Editions.
Alan is not yet a celebrated artist, but Amalgam are confident that it will not take long for collectors to recognise the craftsmanship and deep artistry he brings to his work, delivering beauty and high intrinsic value. With such truly captivating and emotionally engaging pieces, their value is sure to rise steadily.
The collection is set to grow quickly. Alongside a swath of classic icons in the pipeline, the lead designer at one of Amalgam’s most important brand partners has immediately recognised the value and beauty of Alan’s work, resulting in a collaboration already underway to capture their most exotic hyper-cars and iconic classics.
The first significant piece in the collection is a large format Limited Edition art print of the Lotus 72D. The size is imposing, 1 metre x 1.5 metre (3 feet x 4.5 feet) and each print is personally signed by Emerson Fittipaldi along with Alan Thornton. The gold elements of the piece are represented with real gold leaf, resulting in a truly beautiful and glamorous piece.
50 years on from Emerson Fittipaldi's 1972 FIA Formula 1 World Championship victory with Team Lotus, Amalgam Collection and artist and photographer Alan Thornton have come together to celebrate the car and the man in a remarkable and beautiful large-format fine art silkscreen print. After invitation from Emerson Fittipaldi and Clive Chapman, Alan Thornton has taken Classic Team Lotus's 72D into the studio and shot it beautifully at very high resolution on a large format camera. With his London based team using hand-pulled screen printing, he has rendered the image onto Naturalis paper, made in England, at a very large size: 1.5 metres wide and 1 metre high. Alan has used spot colours to maximise the intensity of the image and has rendered the gold parts of the livery in genuine 23.75 Carat Gold Leaf. The result is an imposing and incredibly beautiful handmade print, that delivers in equal and generous measure, the technical and engineering virtuosity of this revolutionary car, and the glamour of a truly golden age in F1. Each of these fine art prints have been hand-signed by Fittipaldi in archive quality ink and are limited to an edition of just 50.
The series of Fittipaldi-signed fine art silkscreen prints merely marks the beginning of a prospering collection with Amalgam Collection and Alan Thornton. Already offered are 1 metre tall by 70cm wide silkscreen prints of a Maserati 300S engine bay, the Supermarine Spitfire and a front view of the Lotus 72D. Precise and technical in nature, the silkscreen prints isolate the subject, laying the image onto Alan’s signature metallic background, that focuses the viewer’s eye on the sculptural, organic qualities of iconic cars and planes.
Sandy Copeman the founder and Brand Director of Amalgam Collection commented: “Alan’s obsession with form, function and beauty, combined with his deep passion for all things automotive and mechanical, align perfectly with Amalgam’s mission. The future for this series of silkscreen prints is very strong, we already have a significant engagement with one of our most significant brand partners and more are under discussion.”
Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi added: “I got up close and personal with these beautiful pieces of art when I sat with Alan to sign each one of the 50 huge prints in the edition. The work is gorgeous, it’s been a real pleasure to work with such a talented artist.”
Alan Thornton, artist and photographer, remarked: “My previous professional incarnation was in the international media industry as a photographer and director. Now I've combined my passion for extreme and classic cars with the craft I've accumulated over 3 decades, using a very precise and specific fine art screen print style I’ve developed. I’m really excited to be working with Amalgam, looking forward to creating a collection of works capturing the most iconic classics and exotic cars, to share with lovers of automotive fine art.”
The Amalgam Collection and Alan Thornton Collection of Fine Art Silkscreen Prints can be found at www.amalgamcollection.com.
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ABOUT AMALGAM COLLECTION AND THEIR HISTORY
- Amalgam are recognised worldwide as makers of the finest hand-made large-scale models. Their work is unique in its attention to detail, with a focus on creating models that truly capture the style and spirit of each car. They have dedicated all their skill and passion to achieving a level of excellence that raises the impact and value of each finished piece to a level far above anything previously created.
- For owners of cars they have already modelled at 1:8 in a limited edition, for which the tooling already exists, they offer a tailormade service, customising a model to perfectly match the specification of the real car.
- For owners of unique very high value cars, Amalgam Collection offer an even bigger 1:5 or 1:4 ‘one-off’ model build from their UK workshops in Bristol, England. They will digitally scan the car wherever it is in the world and take up to a thousand pictures of every detail, allowing them to perfectly and accurately replicate everything at scale. Given the significant number of hours required to develop a unique model the costs are high, so the model is built at a very large scale to maximise the impact and detail, and to deliver the ultimate finished piece.
Amalgam Collection’s design, management and development heart is in England, with extraordinarily skilled and dedicated teams producing the bigger editions in Hungary and China. They are a multinational, multicultural team of crafts-men and women, dedicated to creating the world’s most precise, beautiful and exclusive models. Inspired by the F1 teams and iconic luxury car marques of England and Italy that they serve and partner with, they take huge pride in their mission to perfectly capture the designs, and honour the designers, drivers and creators of the automotive art they love.
Originally a partnership of four talented model-makers formed in 1985, from the start Amalgam created finely tuned models for the most important UK and German designers and architects. Working closely with Norman Foster’s team on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and on the Hong Kong Airport project was a fast, steep learning curve which quickly opened their eyes to subtle aesthetics and refined engineering. Working with such gifted architects their passion and desire to model the very best designs was ignited, which in due course led them to Williams F1 and Adrian Newey who were dominating the F1 championship in 1995, then on to Maranello and to the massively important design heritage of Enzo Ferrari in 1999, and latterly to the works of Pininfarina and Ettore Bugatti.
The seminal performance and luxury car designers of the early to mid-20th century were obsessed with achieving ever higher speeds, lighter and more powerful engines, more streamlined bodies, an impassioned quest that inevitably resulted in elegant and beautiful solutions as a consequence of stretching the supreme excellence of the craftsmanship and engineering to the very limits of what could be achieved at the time.
The companies that today bear these iconic names continue to be inspired, and their creativity is still fuelled, by the extraordinary passion and genius of their founders. Amalgam Collection too find inspiration in the creations of the founders and their companies who continue to design and create automotive artworks.
Recognising the beauty and importance of these designs Amalgam Collection have utterly dedicated their energy and passion to modelling these cars to a level of accuracy, precision and excellence that raises the finished replica to a level far beyond anything previously created. Amalgam have chosen to work at a scale of 1:8 which is widely acknowledged to be the most satisfying scale to comprehend the entirety of a car’s design at a glance, whilst in addition showing the most minute details.
To create perfect scale replicas of modern cars they use original CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and work closely with the design team to perfect their rendition of the interior and exterior finishes.
With regard to classics, in their quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity Amalgam’s team goes to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scans them to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drive train. In addition, 600 to 800 photographs of every aspect and detail of each car are shot, to ensure a complete understanding of the finishes and detailing. The resulting models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs.
Amalgam is the only maker of model cars in the world that can be considered alongside a maker of luxury watches like Richard Mille or Hublot. In fact, Richard Mille is an Amalgam patron who recognising a shared passion for engineering detail and perfection has commissioned from Amalgam Collection many unique models of his own cars and those he sponsors.
HOW THE MODELS ARE CREATED
- The patterns are created using original CAD from the manufacturer, or extraordinarily accurate digital scans and hundreds of photographs of an original classic car.
- The patterns are used to create silicon rubber moulds that capture every detail.
- Prototyping resin is used to cast the parts from the silicon moulds. Around 20 to 30 parts can be cast from each mould and then a new one must be made.
- Each model is built from thousands of parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC machined metal components.
- Genuine car paints and manufacturer or archive colour references are used to spray the bodywork.
- It takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours to develop the tooling for each model.
- It takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build each model.
Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car's manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modelled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.
In the case of the classic cars an extremely accurate digital scan is made of the car, and hundreds of photographs of all the details of a carefully selected original car are taken, to ensure complete accuracy and adherence to the authentic finishes and materials. Many parts of the model are machined from metal with the major components hand cast from prototyping resin. Each model is individually assembled by a small team of highly skilled model-makers. In total the time taken to machine, cast, hand fettle, paint, polish and assemble each model is between 250 and 450 hours of highly skilled work depending on the complexity of the car.
The finished model is a very precise scale replica of the original car with every detail perfectly and authentically represented at an 8th of the original size. This is modelling elevated to such a high level that it becomes an art form.
Since 1995 Amalgam have been admired and hugely respected by leading designers and engineers in the European automotive industry, as well as F1 designers, drivers and team principals. Amalgam's models appear on the desks of CEOs and presidents of the world's most important car companies. Due to the extreme accuracy and authenticity of Amalgam's creations, made in small limited editions, they are also much sought after by devoted collectors of fine handmade objects across Europe and in the USA.