You all know about Willie G. Davidson motorcycling lineage. Grandson of co-founder William A. Davidson, joining the company in 1963 as a designer, his first motorcycle design being the FX Super Glide, promoted in 1969 vice president of styling, then being part of a group of 13 executives who helped save the company from bankruptcy in the 1980’s, and today head of Harley-Davidson’sProduct Development Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
What you may not know is that before joining the company, Willie G. had completed an Art Center education during which he developed his skills as a painter, mainly watercolors. During his career at Harley, he never stopped painting rural landscapes and for the first time the public will be able to look at this more private side of his artistic endeavors. At the H-D Museum from January 20, through April 15th, Willie G. Davidson will exhibit idyllic rural landscapes and still life watercolor paintings with strong luminosity and form that hint at times he spent in the countryside as a way to relax from 48 years being consumed with motorcycle design. Tickets are $12 for Museum Members, $15 for Non-Members. Harley-Davidson Museum.