Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Automotive Fine Arts Society?
AFAS is a group of world-class fine artists whose pieces are sought by art connoisseurs
and auto enthusiasts around the globe.
When was AFAS established?
AFAS was established in 1983 by six individuals who aspired to organize the world’s
most prolific group of automotive fine artists.
How many active members does AFAS have?
AFAS currently has 24 active members living around the globe who are dedicated to
making automotive fine art a genre that appeals to the wide range of fine art
What are the objectives of AFAS?
AFAS’s objectives are to exhibit, promote and publicize fine works of automotive art by
its members. AFAS also strives to raise the standards of automotive art to a level that
will be accepted as serious works of art by both art collectors and art critics. In
addition, AFAS provides a practical means to form enduring friendships, exchange ideas
and build a fellowship among automotive fine artists.
Are AFAS works limited to paintings?
AFAS members are not strictly limited to oil, watercolors and acrylics. In fact, many
AFAS artists are known for work in a variety of mediums including plastics, wood and
Are AFAS members limited to the automotive genre?
While AFAS members focus primarily on the automotive industry, many of the artists are
widely recognized for their works depicting aviation, naval and various fine art subjects.
Is AFAS sponsored?
Interest in the fine arts has attracted sponsorship of AFAS shows by high profile
companies such as Aston Martin, Ford Motor Company, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz
What type of backgrounds do AFAS members have?
The experience and background of each artist is as diverse as their artistic style. From
automotive design and advertising illustration to professional art instructors and general
fine artists, each member has developed a talent of creatively expressing their artistic
Does AFAS regularly participate in automotive concours?
AFAS produces the annual Premiere Exhibition at the Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance. However, most member artists
participate in additional shows, exhibits and galleries during the year.
How is AFAS involved in the community?
Members are deeply involved in charitable endeavors. In addition to supporting the
Pebble Beach Concours Charitable Foundation and Amelia Island Hospice, AFAS helped
create a Children’s Art Competition to benefit the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation™.
How does an artist become a member of AFAS?
Membership is by invitation only. The AFAS accepts applications and pieces
for membership review. Please refer to the
website at www.autoartgallery.com for details.
What is the future of the automotive fine arts industry?
Automotive fine art is becoming a desired genre among fine art connoisseurs in
every field. Because of its ability to capture the nostalgic past and potential of the
future, automotive fine art is destined to serve as the definitive art of our time.
What awards does AFAS bestow?
AFAS has award competitions during its exhibition at the Pebble Beach Concours
d’Elegance among exhibiting members. The group bestows five Equal Awards of
Excellence, the Lincoln Award, the Art Fitzpatrick Award and the Peter Helck Award to its members. The Peter
Helck Award is won by peer votes among AFAS members. All other awards are judged
by outside fine art critics and professionals.
Does AFAS create a publication of their artwork?
AFAS published Automotive Fine Art: A Journal of the Automotive Fine Arts Society,
which was published annually to coincide with its Pebble Beach show. This online magazine: afasJournal.com
is its successor.
Where can I go for more information regarding AFAS?
Additional information about AFAS members, their publication and organization is
available by contacting Scott Black at (214) 520-3430 or www.autoartgallery.com/