1913 Excelsior-Henderson Gas Tank By Scott Jacobs

Very rare occurrence in the motorcycle industry. When in 1931 Excelsior-Henderson owner Ignaz Schwinn decided to stop production of all motorcycles, the company orders book was full. He was afraid that the great depression would last too many years and preferred to focus on his core business, bicycle manufacturing. A shame when you think that Henderson was producing since 1912 some of the best 4-cylinder motorcycles, adopted as much by sport riders than police departments because they were faster than anything on the roads.

Armed with a twelve camel hair brush as his main tool, internationally renowned artist Scott Jacobs immortalizes Henderson with this extremely realistic close-up of a 1913 Model B. A high caliber piece of art destined to become very popular with collectors and bike enthusiasts. The edition size is strictly limited to 50 examples of giclees on canvas 22´x 32” plus 5 APS and 5 HCS (framing adds approximatively 7” in each direction). Pre-publication orders will receive a discounted price of $1250 (custom framing additional). To order, email ron@tressagalleries.com or call Ron Copple 303-431-4453  Scott Jacobs Studio.

19 Responses to “1913 Excelsior-Henderson Gas Tank By Scott Jacobs”

  1. 1 Hamilton Jul 6th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Looks great, like a high quality photo. Great Job.

  2. 2 Jeff Nicklus Jul 6th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    WOW !!!!!! That about says it all!

    Over & Out,


  3. 3 EternalBlue Jul 6th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Unreal; looks phenomenal! The photorealism is very impressive.

  4. 4 hk Jul 6th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    i thought that was real until a read the whole thing ,wow thats beautiful art !

  5. 5 Woody Jul 6th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Nice, the detail blows me away. Very nice.

  6. 6 luSca custom design Jul 7th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    only if U look deeply U can see that it’s a paint!

  7. 7 Larry R Jul 7th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    No disrespect intended, but I just don’t get it. It is in my opinion a lot of work for absolutely nothing when One can take a picture and get it instantly and a lot cheaper. Art is in the eye of the beholder and to me this is not art. Just my opinion.

  8. 8 Woody Jul 7th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Larry, perhaps it’s a celebration of skill? The ability to create something that wasn’t actually there before?

  9. 9 BigAlyts Jul 7th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Very Nice and an A for effort trying to make many $$$ on the Industry. Personally I would have done a Picture of Casey Anthony siting on a “Royal Enfield” !

  10. 10 Izadore000 Jul 7th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    You hit it and nailed it, Larry R. What is wrong with blowing up and then framing a Good Photo! Collectors items, please Cyril. How long do you think it will become a collectors item? I think 100 yrs. Minimum. Time not to Invest in Photo’s…………Gold ius better and safer!

  11. 11 Kevman7 Jul 7th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Another excellent job by Scott, you cannot get the depth, the shadows and reflections from photo, come on. really look at this painting and tell me how someone can do this with a brush..Simply amazing!

  12. 12 John Mapleback Jul 7th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    “We’re not as dogmatic as our artist ancestors once were. Today, in many respects painting and photography are closer than they have ever been. It’s routine for painters to take reference photos of subjects to capture detail in the interest of realism and for photographers to manipulate images with lighting, software or camera techniques to make them more painterly. Photos look like paintings and paintings look like photos. This doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for artists in either genre. Indeed, it’s a good bit harder to stand out in the crowd when just about anything goes.”

    From Frank Devlin Photography http://frankdevlinphotography.blogspot.com/2011/04/photorealism-vs-pictorialism.html

    One thing is certain, Scott Jacobs stands out in a crowd. His art is amazing.

  13. 13 Cris Sommer-Simmons Jul 8th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Scott is an wonderful artist, and and equally amazing person. He has so much talent and his eye for detail is something special. I am so glad he loves to paint motorcycles! Thanks Scott!

  14. 14 Paul Jul 8th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    The “what is art” debate can rage on like the “what’s the best oil” debate. Anybody can push a button on a camera; only a few can create a piece like this with their bare hands. Gotta tip your hat to that; I think it’s awesome.

  15. 15 Sally Jul 8th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Larry R. you obviously do not appreciate the talent it takes to be able to portray something that is even better than a photograph. Cameras only focus on one area in an photograph where this painting, as well as all of Scott’s other creations puts everything into crystal clear focus.

    Well done Scott!! You are an amazing person to have met and I always look forward to your new pieces!

  16. 16 burnout Jul 8th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This IS art. peace

  17. 17 mike corbin Jul 11th, 2011 at 11:34 am


  18. 18 ron copple Jul 11th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks Mike….good to hear from you!

  19. 19 footclutch Aug 10th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    You know, for about $1250., you could have an actual Excelsior gas tank hanging on the wall. (I’ve paid $725. – 2500. for originals) One-to-one scale I call it. This is a mid-to-late teens Excelsior tank for racing, with the pump on the outside, and Schebler racing air valve on the carb. Wrong petcocks!
    Nice picture, GREAT theme.
    Thanks for sharing.

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