Erwin Dazelle Paints Long Beach Grand Prix Race Poster

Erwin Dazelle at his easel - photo courtesy Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Erwin Dazelle at his easel - photo courtesy Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

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Here in Long Beach, CA we know that springtime is in the air when the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach announces the artist whose work will grace posters and programs for the upcoming April race that includes contests from the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights Championship, American Le Mans Series, Toyota Pro/Celebrity, SCCA World Challenge and even a Formula Drift exhibition event.

For the upcoming 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race, organizers have named its official artist, Frenchman Erwin Dazelle, whose artwork will be featured in the event's poster and whose ideology also serves as the race weekend's overall motif, showcased on program covers, fan guides, brochures, tickets and all other event-related materials.

Dazelle, painting professionally since 1996, has produced artwork for many different and diverse racing venues and programs.  He recently created artwork for Sunoco's Official Fuel of INDYCAR 2011 point-of-purchase campaign and for the 10th anniversary commemorative program for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Ford Championship weekend on the Homestead-Miami 1.5-mile oval.

Dazelle has earned commissions from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, the Sanfermin Encierro Museum in Pamplona, Spain and even the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.

"It's a great honor for me to be selected to design the poster and program cover for the 2012 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach," the artist noted.  "I came to Long Beach in 2010 and felt the atmosphere of this vibrant city.  Thanks to this initial experience, I got the vision for this 2012 artwork.  This is my first INDYCAR and ALMS event program and I look forward to doing more in the future and to meeting the fans next April at the race track," he said.

The artist continues a family tradition begun by his grandfather in the south of France during the 1930s.  Dazelle has developed a style that combines boldness and naivete, with great strokes of color and sharp lines.  He fuses iconic French imagery and traditional Basque themes with this graphic style, creating works of art that are both accessible and intriguing.

In addition to his painting endeavors, Dazelle has two galleries, one in the St Germain art district of Paris and a second gallery in Bayonne in southwest France.  He produces steel sculptures, has worked in stained glass, clay, steel and plaster modeling.  He also created a ready-to-wear collection for the French Paseo brand.

The 38th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is set to take place the weekend of April 12-15.

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