A recent article in the Michigan Chronicle showcased renowned Artist, writer and poet Kobina Wright and her recently completed artwork that pays homage to very first orders of automobiles placed with the Ford Motor Company on July 15, 1903.
The work, titled “Early Autos,” is a mixed media collage using images of early automobiles from that era. Prints of the collage are available to the public through Fine Art America and a limited amount of smaller prints can be purchased through Elindy Gallery on Etsy.
In the early 1800s, Germany and France drew up drafts of the idea of the automobile, the United States dominated the automotive industry through the first half of the twentieth century. The Ford Motor Company, founded by Henry Ford, took roots in Dearborn, MI, a suburb of Detroit, and was incorporated in June 1903. Its first orders were taken in July of the same year.
Wright plans to create another collage commemorating this automotive and American history. However, she will attempt to capture more of the era rather than focus solely on automobiles. Though she may be known for her collage work, Wright also has created notable serial work through ink sketches and her acrylic paintings.
Ford Motor Company has been supporting the arts for more than 50 years throughout the United States and in its global markets to foster understanding and appreciation of various cultures, to broaden access to the arts, to increase educational opportunities, and to enhance the quality of life. In 1997, Ford was recognized by Americans for the Arts as being one of the Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts.