Chris Kallas V-Twin Artist

By: chesshirecat

Feb 04 2009

Category: art, Chris Kallas, V-Twin

5 Comments


Hey y’all!

You guys like V-Twin art right? Most of you anyway? Well, a few years ago, when I first started following Bandit over at http://www.bikernet.com I was introduced to the art of Chris Kallas.

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It’s somewhat in the same vain as David Mann’s work, but with noticeable differences…which is as it should be. The people appear more animated in Chris’s work. I don’t infer that his art has a cartoonish quality to it, no not at all; there is just something about his characters that defies my descriptive abilities.

But, when you examine his drawings and finished work of the motorcycle, you will find his work to be a well drawn, factually detailed study of the motorcycle. Chris has the uncanny ability to capture the motorcycle and the human sprit that dwells within the confines of the motorcycle’s domain. In other words, Chris knows how to capture the biker spirit of joy and non conformity, as well as the motorcycles’ maverick and artistic inducements given to it by its owner/designer.

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I believe Chris has studied the art form of the motorcycle, discovered its true beauty in structure, and is able to capture the character of the bike and those who will ride her with remarkable clarity.

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Chris has started a new web site at http://motorcycleart.blogspot.com . You will find more of his really great efforts, as well as a thought or two from the man himself. He’s a real biker…a real artist, and I am very grateful for his consent allowing me to feature some of his art on my page. You can purchase Chris’s work at his web site as well!

I hope you will follow the link to his page! http://motorcycleart.blogspot.com/

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5 comments on “Chris Kallas V-Twin Artist”

  1. Wow, I did not know about this artist, great work! Thanks for posting!

  2. I have to admit, the 2 of the women (Desert Chopper & Black 45) didn't do anything for me, but Out West & Monday Blues are killer.The former two came across as alomost forced and copied. The women just don't look like they belong (maybe a little more dust and some kick ass leathers…lol).Out West…well..it's the contrast between the background and the biker and his sled. I really found that stunning.And even more stunning to me was Monday Blues, especially for the opposite reason. Lack of contrast. The biker depression of a ride that's almost over. Now that sucks.

  3. MV your welcome, and Alex, I understand exactly what your saying about the gals…I have to get past the ladies…and look at the work he did on the bikes…click on the picture, I think it will enlage enough for you to really be able to see the amount of detail in the work.

  4. Glad you guys for the most part like the art. I realize that different people will like some work more than others. The one thing I should have mentioned on my blog is that the woman on the black 45 was only playful little study. The original art only measures 4.5″ x 7″ and the motorcycle is 3 inches long.

  5. Chris, The black bike’s detail is amazing. I keep telling people the kind of detailed work you do with the motorcycles…and now I discover that motorcycle is only three inches long? Thanks for coming over and giving us some history…I look forward to more exchanges with you.


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