Noted motorsports artist Ron Burton is appealing for help to track down one of his most cherished pieces that was stolen during a recent move. Can you help?
"The painting is a 4ft x 4ft oil on canvas of A.J. Foyt's four-time winning car in Victory Circle at Indianapolis in 1977, with a lone little boy standing by looking at the car after all the hoopla has finished," Burton relates. "The car is covered with confetti, etc. from the post-race celebration. This is a very emotional piece of art and the best painting, both creative and executed of the oil medium, I have ever done.
"I did the painting in 1977 to '79 at my own leisure and have had it on display in a lot of places. I once had it on loan/display to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and A.J.'s father was once seen standing alone looking at the painting with tears streaming down his cheeks. Carl Haas and many others had offered a lot of money for the painting, but I didn't want to sell it as, the little boy in the painting was my son and I planned and did give it to him for his 25th birthday...
"The painting was stolen from a moving company that was relocating my son and his family about 18 months ago. He has spent a lot of money and time trying to get it back, but to no avail. I thought I'd contact some companies such as yours (RACER) to ask if anyone has tried to sell the piece... It's hard to imagine whether the thief would be a connoisseuer of the arts or if he/she have any idea of the history of auto racing or if they took it home and nailed it on their garage wall. Limited edition fine art prints and a slick poster of the painting are available for purchase. Thank you."
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