c. 1970. Gouache on composition board. Signed, "Dom Pacitti" Image size (including text): 16 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches (visible). Framed. 25 1/4 x 31 1/4 inches.
Striking confrontation with an early 70s Ford grille.
This is a dramatic, confrontational drawing by Dom Pacitti of the type of hidden headlight grille popular in the early 70's. Though the idea of concealing headlights had been around since before World War II, it only became popular in the mid-60's at the same time intricate chrome grilles were catching on. Here against a dark brown background, the proposed Ford (XL?) swerves to avoid hitting the viewer (seated on a curb) showing its bright new bumper, grille and right front fender as well as a glimpse of the right side. The diagonal positioning allows the artist to maximize the dramatic display of beauty and agility.