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by Tim Wirth
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Custom Auto Detailing

Ask any man, and he'll tell you that a car's not just a car--it's a member of the family. That's why Iowa-based artist Tim Wirth created "Wirth Motor Company," an art studio that creates custom portraits of our fendered friends. Submit a picture of your treasured vehicle--a car, motorcycle, or even a boat (all makes & models, new or old, fast or slow, etc.)--along with your suggestions for a meaningful setting (location, season, animals, weather) or inscription (on back), and Wirth will create for you a one-of-a-kind, fully-framed commemorative painting. Each painting is done on a handmade, birchwood panel framed in white pine, and comes ready to mount on your wall in a place of honor. Handmade in Iowa.

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  • details
Handmade
Exclusive
Item ID
20706
Made from
pine wood, birch, acrylic
Measurements
17" H x 17" W x 2" D; Approx. 5 lbs.
Notes
Comes ready-to-hang. Includes a signed studio letter documenting the painting process and various details of the artwork.
  • the maker
Tim Wirth

Tim Wirth

Tim Wirth creates double-sided square paintings that explore color, shape, and imagery in deceptively simple ways. His distinctive craftsmanship and exploration of tension, intrigue, and humor have captured the interest of various collectors and critics, including The Brooklyn Rail founder/publisher Phong Bui, renowned art scholar and historian Karen Wilkin, and the legendary singer/songwriter John Mellencamp. His work is featured in public and private collections across the country and has been exhibited internationally.

"I like things like rock piles, cars stored in corncribs, and dogs running in ditches," says Wirth. "I like the imagery of those things but I also like the attitude of those things. Sometimes I like the attitude better than I like the picture. Sometimes I just like the picture."

He grew up on a farm in rural Iowa. He began studying art at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and then continued at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia where he received his MFA in painting. His studio and workshop are currently located in the flat lands of northern Iowa where he lives with his wife and children.

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CUSTOM VEHICLE ART
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Visually pleasing (26)
  • Great picture quality (25)
  • Vivid detail (20)
  • Perfect size (19)
  • Great quality paper (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Gift (22)
  • Accent piece (7)
  • Decoration (7)
  • Fill wall space (3)
  • Inspiration (3)
    • Display Location:
    • Office (16), Living room (14), Hallway (11), Bedroom (8), Dining room (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (17), High-end shopper (4), Budget shopper (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (4), Father (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (3)

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5.0

Wonderful item!

By 

from Lake Mary, Florida

About Me High-end Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Vibrant Colors
  • Visually Appealing
  • Vivid Detail

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accent Piece
    • Fill Wall Space
    • Gift

    Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

    My father loved this! Having his beloved 1966 Mustang and his two daughters in the painting was a highlight for him. Tim did a fantastic job of capturing the personalities of my sister and I from the pictures we sent. And obviously, he captured the spirit of the car. It was a wonderful and fabulous present that my father will always cherish. I don't think it could be any better than it is.

    Service and delivery comments:

    It arrived earlier than it was expected Which was wonderful and in great condition obviously. It was packed very well so that it would not be damaged when delivered. I am completely satisfied with everything about this purchase.

    • Display Location:
    • Bedroom, Hallway, Living Room, Office
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Father
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Father’s Day

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    A remarkable painting - thank you.

    By 

    from New York, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Quality Paper
    • Perfect Size
    • Vibrant Colors
    • Visually Appealing
    • Vivid Detail

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

        When I stumbled across this opportunity I couldn't believe it - my friend has an old Ford Truck that means the world to him, and I can think of no better way to honor the sentiments attached to it, than through an original painting. This is the truck he learned to drive on and inherited from his father. It took him through high school, college, jobs, adventures and everywhere he both needed and wanted to go. He makes whatever repairs are necessary (the thing is basically entirely rebuilt) and has a local garage on the lookout for parts. He continues to drive it despite having other options because this truck is the one that matters. He washes it every weekend. Obviously, it is more than a vehicle, it's a connection to parts of his life that are incredibly significant. He still carries a football behind the driver's seat.

        What Mr. Wirth created went above and beyond our expectations. He included so many thoughtful elements that when we opened the box we literally gasped. The piece is incredible. Beyond words. The colors and the content, the title and frame - every part of it just fit exactly with our intention. Something that somehow resulted from the stories of my friend, told to me and relayed to the artist along with snapshots I was able to sneak. I couldn't believe the outcome. Mr. Wirth is not only talented, but he understands - and that makes his work exceptional. Absolutely, it was an investment and a leap of faith, but on all accounts WORTH IT. I have never enjoyed so much the act of giving a gift - I'm pretty sure it ended up meaning as much to me as it does to my friend.

        Wherever he ends up - and however he ultimately gets there - he will always have this unique portrait of this very special part of his life. His truck and his memories will survive generations. We are so grateful.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery was as expected given the timeline provided for a custom piece. Definitely plan ahead if this is a gift! The painting arrived carefully wrapped and packaged - fun to open and undamaged in transport.

        • Display Location:
        • Bedroom, Dining Room, Hallway, Living Room, Office
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

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        5.0

        Great Product!

        By 

        from Fort Wayne, In.

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Rendition Of Photo
        • Visually Appealing
        • Vivid Detail

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift

          Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

          The artist captured the photograph of my husband's beloved first car perfectly! Can't wait to surprise him with it for his 60th birthday! I was told when to expect it and it arrived as promised!

          • Display Location:
          • Office
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Husband
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          It's awesome!

          By 

          from Washington DC

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Quality Paper
          • Perfect Size
          • Vibrant Colors
          • Visually Appealing
          • Vivid Detail

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift

            Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

            I was super nervous that it would not turn out the way I wanted it, but I couldn't be happier with it. I hoped it would look great, but it far exceeded my expectations. I supplied the artist with 2 photos of the car and a separate photo of the type of background I wanted. It was incorporated beautifully. The artist's associates emailed me and spoke to me personally over the phone to ensure it was what I wanted. Also, they helped me be realistic about the time it would take to create the piece, so that I could plan for which occasion to use it as a gift.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Yes, although I was nervous because we were expecting rain on the evening it was to arrive. I don't know how it would have held up if we weren't home to receive it (on account of the moisture and humidity). Plan ahead for it. It does take a while for them to create it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Husband
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary

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            5.0

            So Personal...So Unique!

            By 

            from Charlotte, NC

            Pros

            • Perfect Size
            • Vibrant Colors
            • Visually Appealing
            • Vivid Detail

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

                Tim painted a 1989 Toyota Landcruiser as a gift for my father. I sent photos of the car and the background I would like and was AMAZED at how well both were recreated in the piece. Not only that, but Tim took the time to personalize the framing (a message from my sister, mom, and myself). Such an awesomely unique gift...that will sadly last longer than my dad's Landcruiser.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Father
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                5.0

                Absolutely wonderful painting

                By 

                from Denver

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Pros

                • Vibrant Colors
                • Visually Appealing
                • Vivid Detail

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift

                  Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

                  Tim not only captured my dad's car perfectly, he actually captured the car's personality too. It is a one of a kind work of art. My dad is going to love it!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Father
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  fabulous custom art

                  By 

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me High-end Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Vivid Detail

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accent Piece

                    Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

                    What a wonderful gift for a car enthusiast! We collect contemporary art (we like pieces that tell our story) and this piece fits right in. Thoughtfully and expertly executed with a wonderful whimsical style. Thank you!

                    • Display Location:
                    • Kitchen
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Anniversary

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                    5.0

                    Wonderful gift!

                    By 

                    from St Louis, MO

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Perfect Size
                    • Vibrant Colors
                    • Visually Appealing
                    • Vivid Detail

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift

                      Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

                      This was a wonderful gift for my husband who still talks about his car from high school. I sent in a picture with a description of the building I wanted in the background. He loved it and was so surprised! A great gift for the person who has everything!!

                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Husband
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Father’s Day

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                      4.0

                      If only I had another Historical Car

                      By 

                      from Rockville Centre, NY

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Perfect Size
                      • Vibrant Colors
                      • Visually Appealing
                      • Vivid Detail

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Accent Piece
                      • Gift

                      Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

                      This was a gift for my husband, who loves Corvettes, and the background is of the ski slopes in Colorado, where we have a second home. Incorporated the best of both to create a unique piece of art.

                      • Display Location:
                      • DenFamily Room

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                      5.0

                      Great gift idea for car lovers!

                      By 

                      from Maryland

                      About Me Midrange Shopper

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Customizable
                      • Perfect Size
                      • Vibrant Colors
                      • Visually Appealing

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Decoration
                        • Gift

                        Comments about CUSTOM VEHICLE ART:

                        Gift for my father now that he has finished restoration of his antique car. He absolutely loved it.

                        • Display Location:
                        • Living Room

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