Internationally-Acclaimed French Painter Chosen as Official Artist for 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

gp16Internationally-revered French artist Erwin Dazelle has been selected as the Official Artist for the April 15-17 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Grand Prix of Long beach announced Thursday. Dazelle was also the Official Artist for the 2012 race, according to Grand Prix Director of Communication Chris Esslinger.

The artist’s work will be featured on official race posters, tickets, the Fan Guide, souvenir program and more, branding the race’s 2016 “look” with Dazelle’s vibrant aesthetic.

gp161Dazelle has painted professionally since 1996 and carries a hefty list of accomplishments under his belt, including the creation of artwork for Sunoco’s Official Fuel of INDYCAR 2011 point-of-purchase campaign, the 10th anniversary commemorative program cover for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway and various event posters for the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, according to the announcement.

“I am really excited and honored to have been selected again as official artist for the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” stated Dazelle. “I was really inspired during my last trip to the Grand Prix. I have traveled to many races around the planet and it is my favorite racing event. The ambiance surrounding the Grand Prix is unique and the proximity of the cars, drivers, teams and fans is unmatched. I look forward to being there next April and meeting the fans.”

The artist has also been commissioned by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and the Sanfermin Encierro Museum in Pamplona, Spain. Dazelle has a gallery in Bayonne in the Southwest of France to show, in addition to his colorful paintings, his steel, stained glass, clay and plaster modeling work.

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach posters will be available to purchase in late February here at all merchandise booths during the three-day event. For more information or to purchase Grand Pix tickets, visit the website or call 888.827.7333. To learn more about the artist, visit his website here.  

Images courtesy of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.