Sedlak: The Man Who Gave Evel Knievel Stars
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Artist George Sedlak was a good friend of daredevil Evel Knievel who painted the iconic designs on his helmets and Harleys.
“I am Evel Knievel's original artist. Painted his bikes and helmets when he was the famous Daredevil.”
How can you not get excited when you open an email and this is the first line you read? More than curious, we continued reading.
“Also doing fine art with my latest piece of the two flat track racer champs from early fifties.”
“A new movie on the Legend Evel Knievel is being produced now to release in 2013 which will be generating more interest in my art… Also I released my painting of the famous Indian Wrecking Crew while at the Indian Motorcycle
Company's display in Sturgis last month. My friend Mike Wolfe of the TV show, "American Pickers" even showed up to say Hi.”
The email was from none other than George Sedlak, the man who was a close friend of the heralded daredevil and was responsible for the unmistakable paint jobs on Evel’s helmets and motorcycles. Since then, Sedlak has lent his artistic abilities to a variety of mediums, from canvas to sculpture, airbrushing to cartoon art. But his passion for the moto industry has remained and he has continued to use motorcycles as a vessel for his art work, painting Paul Cox’s “The Sword of Damocles” as well as hand-brushing a 1979 XR-750 owned by Belgian master builder Fred Krugger.
One of his most recent moto-related efforts is a painting called “The Indian Wrecking Crew at Bay Meadows 1951.” Sedlak was commissioned by Indian Motorcycles’ current owner, Polaris Industries, to do a special painting of the Indian Wrecking Crew flat track duo of Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill. The painting made its public debut during Sturgis 2012
at the Indian Motorcycle booth at a special event attended by both Tuman and Hill. This was also when “American Picker” Mike Wolfe stopped by to check out Sedlak’s work.
The artwork on Evel Knievel's motorcycles were as bright and memorable as the man himself. One of Sedlak's latest works is "The Indian Wrecking Crew at Bay Meadows 1951" which was commissioned by Indian Motorcycles and debuted at Sturgis 2012.
We share this with you because “a rare print, signed by Sedlak and the famous 1950s racers Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill, is being auctioned in January 2013 at the Antique Motorcycle Auction in Las Vegas, with proceeds going to the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa. This very limited edition has a total of 140 prints.”
For more information, check out his commercial page, George Sedlak Studio on Facebook
. In addition to the print that’s going to be auctioned off for the National Motorcycle Museum, Sedlak has other canvas glicee prints of “The Indian Wrecking Crew at Bay Meadows 1951” available.
'Indian Wrecking Crew at Bay Meadows 1951'
30"x40" Limited edition of only 71 canvas glicee prints
Starting price: $1200. Signed and numbered by the artist.
36"x48" Limited edition of only 51 canvas glicee prints
Starting price: $2500. Signed and numbered by the artist.
18 Artists Proofs and Hor's De Commerce prints also available, prices upon request.
We bet Sedlak has some fantastic stories to tell about Evel. One of his Facebook posts hints at just that topic when Sedlak stated “The things Evel shared with me about Wembley makes this his greatest jump in my mind; showed that the man was as brave as they come.” Maybe we can convince Sedlak to share some of those stories with us in the future, but until then be sure to check out some of the great shots he has from his storied career in the galleries of his Facebook
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