We are pleased to offer “To the Batmobile” an original painting by Michael Ledwitz. One of the most legendary vehicles in automotive lore, the Batmobile first appeared in 1939 as superhero Batman’s custom-built crimefighting car in Detective Comics #27. Housed in the Batcave and often seen exiting through a secret hidden entrance, the Batmobile has continuously evolved throughout the years while becoming as integral of a character in the series as Batman himself.
The Batmobile depicted in this painting is none other than TV’s original Batmobile driven by Adam West in the first “Batman” television show in 1966. Designed and created by custom car legend George Barris exclusively for the television program, this Batmobile was based upon a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and was the first-ever fully drivable Batmobile. Barris created the car with a three-week deadline and incorporated styling cues that would come to characterize iterations of the vehicle for years to come, most notably its oversized batwing-shaped tailfins. Measuring 36”x48” and created using acrylic pastel, spray paint, and silver leaf paint, this original work of art depicts the Batmobile in a nighttime setting with vibrant red beams emitting from its headlights and a moonlit yellow glow shining over the black paint and iconic double-bubble canopy. It makes a fantastic conversation piece and a beautiful work of art for any enthusiast creating a Batcave of their own.
Michael Ledwitz is known for his abstract style similar to Peter Max and LeRoy Neiman. His love for the arts started with drawing cars at a very young age and was inspired by Hot Wheels. Michael's art is coveted in the automotive industry and has led to many high-level pieces including the artwork done for Carrol Shelby's 85th birthday celebration. Michael's professional career in automotive art started after he was in a near-fatal car accident in 2005. He was forced to slow down from work in franchising in order to heal. His painting began as a hobby; a way to relax and reflect. Soon after, people started to notice Michael’s talent and began requesting commissioned pieces of their own. Since then, Michael’s accomplishments include silent auction pieces for Zoo Atlanta, commissioned paintings for Carroll Shelby’s 85th birthday in Las Vegas, Shelby Licensee, and was the featured artist for the 2018 Atlanta Concours d'Elegance at Chateau Elan.