About The Artist
- Tom Fritz has taken his fascination of a movement once cast aside and brought it forth to the mainstream to be re-examined and recognized as a valuable element of the American tableau. Born and raised in San Fernando, California, Tom’s vivid childhood recollections of the motorcycle and automotive cultures that were prevalent in Southern California during the ‘60s and ‘70s are a part of the power that shaped the artist he would become. His brushwork is a celebration of those memories, showing a sense of life, an enthusiasm for his art, and an intimacy with his subject.
Tom received his BA in painting from California State University Northridge. Twenty-five years later he decided to leave a successful career as a commercial illustrator, having done work for ITT, Litton Industries, and Northrop Grumman, and turn his considerable talents to his fine art. As a member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, and licensed by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Fritz's work has been internationally published and is currently found in many private, public, and corporate collections around the world. In 2008, five of his works were commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service for popular “Muscle Cars” Forever stamp series, and he recently completed a poster commission for Red Bull’s “On Any Sunday–The Next Chapter”. Among the numerous honors bestowed upon him, Tom is the only seven-time recipient of the prestigious Peter Helck Award ("Best of Show") and only two-time winner of the distinguished Art Fitzpatrick Award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Today, Tom lives and works out of his studio near Thousand Oaks, California.