FULLERTON, Calif. - In conjunction with the production of the upcoming film "PENTON: The John Penton Story," fine artist Tom Fritz has completed "Five Days Down," a 20" x 30" portrait of Penton that will be officially unveiled Friday in Anaheim, Calif.
Tonight's event is being held in concurrence with the Legends & Heroes event celebrating 40 Years of Supercross.
"Five Days Down" was commissioned by the film's producers as part of a rewards program for the Kickstarter campaign that provided funding for the production. Giclées and prints will be given to select backers of the film. The painting will also be for available for purchase in the spring. The original Frtiz painting will be auctioned.
"It was an honor to work with Tom Fritz on this project, tied in with our film," said Todd Huffman, the film's director and producer at Pipeline Digital Media (PDM). "I have always admired Tom's work, and it's simply breathtaking to see how he depicted John Penton on canvas."
"I love painting motorcycles and particularly, heroes of mine. John Penton is one of those," said Fritz. "It was a pleasure to capture the determination, grit and beauty of John riding at the ISDE on a motorcycle bearing his own name."
After the unveiling of the painting with John Penton's son, Jack, on hand, a short behind-the-scenes video featuring Tom Fritz (see image) working on the painting will be shown. Those present during the unveiling at the OC Sports Grill in Anaheim will also receive a limited edition postcard.