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George Frayne: New Car Art

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The Saratoga Auto­mo­bile Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York is proud to announce its clas­sic car show on dis­play now at the museum through Octo­ber 31. Along with the clas­sic auto­mo­biles on dis­play, the museum will also fea­ture the lat­est auto paint­ings by Stamps alum­nus (MFA 68) George Frayne (aka Com­man­der Cody): Five acrylic paint­ings of 1950s car grills from Buick through Edsel.” The paint­ings will be auc­tioned off to ben­e­fit the museum through a silent auc­tion. Poten­tial buy­ers can con­tact the artist directly through the museum for an in situ meet and greet.

I have always loved cars… I have been in more car wrecks than Evil Knieval and have had more than 40 auto­mo­biles. I have painted cars my entire life and have made sculp­tures from chrome bumpers and auto­mo­tive parts. I’ve been per­fect­ing my auto­mo­tive por­traits and abstract details of cars for over 50 years, I guess you could call me a chrome addict and I’m proud of it! Today I am work­ing a new size of can­vas that I have never used before and I really think it fits this project. I am happy to show my lat­est auto paint­ings here at the Saratoga Auto­mo­bile Museum

Look in any book on the His­tory of Rock and Roll and you’ll find Com­man­der Cody and his Lost Planet Air­man. This 8‑piece super band was Bill­board Magazine’s WORLD’S BEST LIVE BAND in 1974 – 75 and their album Deep in the Heart of Texas” is one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s top 100 albums of all time. George Frayne earned his B.S. in Archi­tec­tural Design (1966) and M.F.A. in Sculp­ture and Paint­ing (1968) from the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. He has exhib­ited in numer­ous national juried, group and indi­vid­ual shows through­out the United States. The books Musi­cians as Artists, and the newly pub­lished Bea­tle Art fea­ture his paintings.

George Frayne lives in Saratoga Springs and divides his time between his love for paint­ing and his love for piano.

Cars of the 50’s by George Frayne aka Com­man­der Cody | Saratoga Auto­mo­bile Museum