Inspired by the Legendary Carrozzerias
Welcome to HotShoeStudios.com. The official website of automotive artist Anthony Lauro. The following pages and galleries within offer a brief glimpse into my automotive sculpture and art. I offer an ever changing variety of automotive themed artwork, sculpture, illustration and design services. Although I create a variety of automotive art, my specialty is aluminum, hand-formed automotive sculptures of all sizes.
My sculptures are hand-crafted with the same revered metal working techniques as the legendary coach builders. I emulate the methodology once practiced by carrozzerias such as Scaglietti, Vignale, and Figoni & Falaschi. Each sculpture is a bespoke, “one-off” hand-formed aluminum expression of the automobile’s essence. I often chose to portray icons such as Ferrari, Talbot Lago, Delahaye and Bugatti. I am however, always eager to approach different marques.
The Automotive Sculpture Process
Every sculpture begins as a concept sketch. Once a direction is approved I begin construction. Each piece is then made entirely by hand with traditional coachbuilding tools. It is a tedious, arduous process that takes on average one thousand hours per sculpture. It requires painstaking craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Every single item is fabricated from scratch with the utmost care. This includes every little detail right down to the custom formed headlights and bezels! Once complete, the sculpture is finished in the same OEM paint used by the factory. This paint color is then protected by several layers of the finest automotive clear coat. In addition, I then spend numerous hours machine polishing and hand buffing for a perfect glass like surface.
As a result of my obsession to perfection, each sculpture is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the most discerning collector. Every automotive sculpture I create holds my personal guarantee that they will never be reproduced or recreated in any way shape or form. This guarantee ensures their rarity. In a time of mass produced art and high volume reproduction pieces these automotive sculptures are truly original works of art.
"I first met Anthony Lauro whilst exhibiting my art at The Breakers, Palm Beach for the Cavallino Classic. His work was a breath of fresh air, completely different to any other sculpture that I had come across."Barry Rowe
I visited his studio whilst he was shaping his first sculpture, “Heritage of Speed”, which features the legendary pontoon fender Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, and was amazed by his dexterity with the materials to produce what promised to be a truly exciting piece of art.Keith Bluemel
"Creative and stunning are the thoughts that came to mind the first time I saw Anthony’s beautiful sculptures. He has an uncanny way of capturing just the right angle and is rapidly approaching the top of his field."Dennis Brown
"Inherently valuable and instantly collectible, the original automotive art and hand-formed aluminum automotive sculptures of Anthony Lauro are responsible and rewarding investments for the most serious automotive fine art collector and enthusiast."William Kontes