Sunday, August 2, 2009

This Month's Header, Fast Times at Downey High


To many, August means Sturgis. I chose this month' art since it's a group of riders on a run.

It's hard to recall exactly how things went

The year was 1973, I was 17 and a senior in high school. We were given an assignment in the senior art class for a PTA contest called, "This is Our Country".

This page from the Jan. 1973 issue of Street Chopper served as the basis for the art.


Our Art teacher first assigned us to do a pencil drawing, then it would be done in watercolors.


This is probably the oldest painting I have. Up until that time I mostly drew with pen and pencils. I did several chopper themed artworks in my art classes that year.


April 6,1973. This photo ran on the "Women's Page" in the local paper called the Southeast News. Our school's principal is holding my art yet they put me in the back. It's hard to see but the award (shown below), is attached to the art.


April 1st. Not exactly the best day to tell somebody they won something. I thought it was pretty cool of the PTA to give an award to art depicting choppers.

7 comments:

Mike D. said...

Hey Chris, you sure are a talented fella.

Chris K said...

Thanks Mike. Trying to make a living off art is tough nut to crack though. Maybe I should have become a bike builder?

krazy kevin said...

Chris, so what if you were in the back, I'm hoping you were grabbin those's sweet little hippie art class girls tiny little asses!!! Yea most do dig our art work till after we are dead, & bike building is not as easy as it seems either,
"keep on truckin on" K.K.

Noot said...

Great, now all I can think about is Gayle Swan !

Chris K said...

Your cracking me up!

Anonymous said...

Gayle died on April 5, 1988 at the age of 31. She was my girlfriend at Downey High from June 18, 1971 to October of 1973. She was married twice and passed away alone in her home in Corona according to records and info from family. Very sad indeed.

Chris K said...

That's very sad to hear. a little after this was first posted, someone emailed me and said they had heard Gail had passed and asked if I knew anything about it? I didn't.

Now after re-reading the comments, it's also kind of weird that Krazy Kevin is no longer with us.

Life is fleeting, make the best off it.