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Cleworth: Cars, Art & Inspiration

October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015


Exhibit extended through end of year!

In celebration of Tacoma’s Art Month, LeMay-America’s Car Museum is honored to showcase renowned artist, Harold Cleworth.  Known as the “painter laureate of the car”, his trademark “super realism” paintings grace the homes of celebrities along with car and art enthusiasts.  His talent has garnered commissions from car companies, the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, and automotive legends including John DeLorean.

His passion to create has yielded an illustrious career.  After attending Manchester College of Art he worked as a graphic artist at Decca Records designing album covers for the Rolling Stones and the Who.  In the early 1970s he switched gears and followed his lifelong interest in automobiles, moving to San Francisco to paint his passion.  At the start, he traded his artwork for rent. When Richard Rubin, San Francisco car dealer, commissioned Cleworth to paint a Mercedes Gullwing, his career kicked into high speed.  His works are now highly sought after as he only paints 6 or 7 works a year  and creates limited edition lithographs of his original art work.  CLEWORTH: An ARTFULLlife was just released this summer to capture his lifetime of achievement.

During the month of October, the Museum will exhibit a selection of his works, host a special student presentation (October 9), and hold a public lecture (October 10).  This celebration of Cleworth’s love affair with cars and art is not only a unique opportunity for our region but also a benefit to LeMay-America’s Car Museum Education Program.  In the month of October there will be a sale of his limited edition 1968 F1 312 Ferrari lithographs to support our Museum’s educational efforts.  In addition, he will sign the prints and his book at a public lecture at the Museum on October 10 from 2-4pm, both of which will be on sale in our Museum Store.

LeMay-America’s Car Museum’s is delighted to bring Harold Cleworth to be a part of Tacoma Art Month. When asked to sum up his best advice about to about his inspiring career Cleworth said, “Do what you love.”  The show of his artwork and his lectures will paint this picture, and all its hard work and determination, to inspire all of us.

  • Free, with admission.


October 1, 2015
December 31, 2015


America’s Car Museum


Education Department