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AFAS ARTIST KLAUS WAGGER CAPTURES THE “SPIRIT OF MAZDA” AWARD WITH “OF THINGS TO COME” AT 2014 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS

Mar 20, 2014

“Mazda’s Jeremy Barnes (right) presents the ‘Spirit of Mazda’ award to Klaus Wagger”

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. – March 20, 2014 – Automotive Fine Arts Society member Klaus Wagger won the Spirit of Mazda award for his stunning work, “‘Of Things To Come” which was shown during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 6-9, 2014, in Amelia Island, Fla.. For the 13th consecutive year, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) sponsored the AFAS art display, which has become synonymous with the Amelia Island Concours that celebrates the beauty and design of the automobile.

“Wagger’s artwork is a stunning example of automotive art and the perfect recipient of the ‘Spirit of Mazda’ award,” said Jeremy Barnes, Director of Public Relations and Brand Experience for MNAO. “We continue to support the Automotive Fine Arts society because of their ability to stir emotions and capture the spirit of the automobile through their works. Mazda shares their same vision of excellence and we are proud to continue to partner with them.”

"Of Things To Come," portrays a young Jim Clark, yet to claim his place in motorsport history, wrestling an Aston Martin DB4 Zagato through the chicane at Goodwood in 1961. The acrylic on canvas follows Wagger’s signature style of abstract background and tones. Besides the enormous historical value behind this stunning work, Wagger uses energy to give the impression the car is literally exploding out of the frame.

“I’m so pleased to win this year’s ‘Spirit of Mazda’ award,” said Wagger. “Whenever I’m conceptualizing a new work, I like to focus on the movement of the vehicle to capture the action of the moment. With “Of Things To Come,” the motion of Jim Clark’s Aston tells the story of his potential and his legacy – one of power and speed. I’m so pleased to have displayed the piece and I’m appreciative of Mazda’s support of automotive artists.” 

Klaus Wagger grew up in the Austrian Tirol. He graduated with a degree in industrial design began freelancing as a technical illustrator. It was at the Retromobile in Paris that his painting career really took off. Automotive art has always been a strong feature of the premier French show and in 2002, Wagger’s style was the talk of the show. Realistic backgrounds don’t interest Wagger, who prefers to put the background colors in quickly to set the mood, and then see the painting develop, surprises included.

With Mazda’s continuing support, the art exhibit was successful as automotive art enthusiasts took home their favorite pieces created by AFAS artists. “Not only did our sales increase by about 15 percent, but the overall attendance at the Concours was much stronger than last year’s,” said AFAS President Ken Eberts. "AFAS would like to thank Mazda for its continued support, which makes possible our exhibition at the Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance.”

About Mazda North American Operations

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 750 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. Visit www.MazdaUSA.com for more information.

About the Automotive Fine Arts Society

AFAS was established in 1983 by a group of artists who are acknowledged by critics to be among the best in their field.  Members work in many diverse mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen & ink, clay and metal.  AFAS participates in select shows across the country including the Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance and the Amelia Island Concours d´Elegance.  Information about AFAS is available at www.autoartgallery.com or by calling Joshua Weatherl at 214.520.3430 ext. 307 or jweatherl@tprm.com.

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