Sturgis Motorcycle Museum - Preserving our Motorcycle Hertiage




Hall of Fame Inductee - 2004

“David Mann’s art is loved because of his uncanny knack for finding the essence of the lifestyle he portrays.” - Easyriders magazine.

David Mann created his first painting of the motorcycle culture in 1963. That painting, “Hollywood Run,” and his customized 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead accompanied him to the Kansas City Car Show.  Car/bike customizer and publisher of Chopper magazine, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth saw David’s painting, bought it for $85.00 and a career was born.  David went on to do 10 more paintings for Roth.

In 1965 David went to work for Sheffer Studios in Kansas City, where he met Dave Poole, an architectural renderer who taught him how to use an airbrush.  David went on to study at the Kansas City Art Institute, further refining his craft.

In 1971 he saw his first issue of Easyriders magazine, and an ad for artists, cartoonists and illustrators caught his eye.  The publishers liked his work and he was hired.  His center spread artwork has illuminated the pages of Easyriders since issue #3.

David Mann’s art is loved because of his uncanny knack for finding the essence of the lifestyle he portrays.  His paintings derive from personal experience, and his honesty shows in his art.  His imagination and wit coupled with his attention to detail are hallmarks of his style, one that is wholly his own.

For nearly 40 years the creative mind and talented hands of David have transformed the mystique of an era in motorcycling to canvas.  His art runs from pinpoint technical draftsmanship to the ultra surreal, depending on his frame of mind at the time he created it.

Custom motorcycle styles have been created from his paintings.  He’d exaggerate a rake or the length of a front end and someone would build a bike to match that look.

David Mann’s art continues to appear in Easyriders and Biker magazines, capturing the essence of the biker lifestyle for a whole new generation of riders.  His intuitive gift of “seeing” what can’t be seen and then putting it on poster board with airbrush strokes is an ability that is celebrated by all who ride.

David Mann passed away on September 11, 2004.

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