“The first officially licensed artist of NASCAR”
Sam Bass, NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist, has been attending races since he was six years old. While attending his very first rate at Southside Speedway in Richmond, VA., Bass met NASCAR legend Bobby Allison. This chance meeting influenced Bass to choose his career path of one day becoming a motorsports artist. From early childhood, Bass’ passion for the excitement and color of racing fueled his desire to excel in a field that was not defined by a job description.While still a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bass attended a race at Talladega and waited for hours in the Alabama heat at the garage gate to present an original painting to Bobby Allison. The wait was worth it…Bass came away with three commissions. After graduating from college in 1984, Bass started to write that job description, contact-by-contact, project-by-project, while maintaining a full-time job with the U.S. government. Nights, weekends and vacations were spent painting and traveling to races. Bass’ motorsports art career was in high gear and within a few short years, it had grown to the point where Bass made the move from his home state of Virginia to Concord, NC to set up shop. Bass’ list of career highlights is long and distinguished. His artistic influence can be seen in every sector of the racing community. At his craft for 29 years, Bass has been traveling in the fast lane, while providing fans with a visual documentary of the sport. Sam's gallery showcases more than 300 pieces, including originals, limited edition prints, and fine posters.
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