Tom Fritz Moves Beyond Hot Rods to Paint Legends of Motorcycling


“Banshee Scream” by Tom Fritz captures racing legend Malcolm Smith going all out on his 8-speed Husky in the 1971 Baja 1000.

Tom Fritz is already known for his lush, evocative paintings of hot rods and muscle cars.  He was selected a few years ago to create the artwork for the muscle car stamps produced by the United States Postal Service.  But Tom is an artist with a deep appreciation for both automotive and motorcycle culture. Here’s a look at some of the bike-related work he’s been creating, much of which is available in the original or as a print.

Want to see Tom’s work in person? He’s going to be exhibiting starting in June at a show at Forest Lawn Cemetary in Glendale, CA called Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle . The show will be open to the public June 27, 2014 January 5, 2015.  To buy a print of any of the work seen here, visit his website:


(Left)Tom created this painting of John Penton at the 1969 International Six Day Trials in Germany as a commission for the documentary “Penton - The John Penton Story.”

Check out the video below to learn more about Tom’s process for developing the work.


Tom Medley

Tom Fritz’s portrait of Stroker McGurk painting Tom Medley (right) graced the cover of Hot Rod magazine when it honored the passing of Medley in 2014. The work was a present to Medley from Fritz. It’s only the second time Hot Rod had used artwork on its cover in the magazine’s 60+ year history.




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