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#1 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 23 July 2003 - 14:56

Hi Everyone. You may have seen my contribution recently to the Cyd williams thread where I posted a link to my painting that I did for Cyd. I have painted many racing scenes of historic cars in action along with contemporary international and club racing paintings.
Here are some links to some of my paintings showing lovely old historic cars. I hope you like them!

Grahame Bryant - AC Cobra, The Goodwood Revival Tourist Trophy
http://www.andrewkit...s/goodwood.html

Peter Gaydon - Formula 3 at Silverstone, 1967
http://www.andrewkit...ilverstone.html

Cyd Williams - Montage of '60s/70s F3, Atlantic, F2
http://www.ten-tenth...4542#post354542

The BRDC - The Hon.Gerald Lascelles Aston Martin painting presentation
http://www.andrewkit...s4_5/award.html

Blower Bentley at The Goodwood Festival of Speed
http://www.andrewkit...ops/blower.html

Jackie Stewart - The British GP 1969
http://www.andrewkit.../britishgp.html

Jack Sears - Career highlights montage 1950-65
http://www.andrewkit...pops/Eight.html

The Honda Grand Prix Years - 1964-68 montage
http://www.andrewkit...onda years.html

Jim Clark - His final Grand Prix victory, South Africa 1968
http://www.andrewkit.../Jim Clark.html

Cambridge Motorsport - Thoroughbred Sportscars montage
http://www.andrewkit.../Cambridge.html

RAC Motorsports Association - Montage for Christmas card
http://www.andrewkit...ops/RACMSA.html

Gary Pearson - Historic Gp.C Silverstone evening race, 2001
http://www.andrewkit...4_5/empire.html

JD Classics - Historic Gp.C Jaguars , Brands Hatch
http://www.andrewkit...ps4_5/cat .html

Geoff Farmer - Lotus 25, Brabham BT18 and Tyrrell 012
http://www.andrewkit...4_5/geoff .html

Can-Am 1967 - The Bruce and Denny show
http://www.andrewkit..._5/thunder.html

Arch Motor & Manufacturing Co - 40th anniversary montage
http://www.andrewkit...ps4_5/arch.html

Jack Sears - Ferrari 330LMB - Le Mans 1963
http://www.andrewkit...s4_5/sears.html

Andrew Garner - Costin Lister Jaguar
http://www.andrewkit...4_5/costin.html

David Sears - Formula 3 Argo JM6, Monaco 1980
http://www.andrewkit...ps4_5/argo.html

Tiff Needell - The Goodwood Revival 1998
http://www.andrewkit...ps4_5/tiff.html

Royale Racing Cars - montage 1968-87
http://www.andrewkit...ops/Royale.html

25 Years of the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch
http://www.andrewkit...F Festival.html

Gilles Villeneuve - ' Against All Odds' Spanish Grand Prix 1981
http://www.andrewkit...ps/Against.html

Danny Sullivan - 1962 F1 Lola, Goodwood Revival 1998
http://www.ten-tenth...5020#post325020

Race of Champions, Brands Hatch 1983 - Rosberg v Sullivan
http://www.ten-tenth...2042#post462042

Gary Pearson - Cooper Jaguar, Goodwood Revival.
http://www.ten-tenth...6231#post396231

Gary Pearson - Lister Jaguar, Le Mans classic 2001.
http://www.ten-tenth...4792#post594792

Duncan Dayton - Brabham BT14 Goodwood Revival.
http://www.ten-tenth...4785#post594785

Rob Wells - Modsports Morgan, Mallory Park '81
http://www.ten-tenth...8269#post388269

Tony Trimmer - F5000 Lola T332, Mallory Park.
http://www.ten-tenth...4765#post504765

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#2 neville mackay

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 20:02

I wondered what people's single favourite motor racing painting painting was? There are so many to chose from these days. The impressionist in me might plump for a late period Dexter Brown, my romantic side leans towards one of de la Maria's Monte Carlo masterpieces, and I've got a great Arthur Benjamins painting of Donald Cambell's K7 Bluebird on my wall. But the racer will always win out so it has to be a Graham Turner - Jim Clark at Indy in 65.

#3 Dennis Hockenbury

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 20:17

Neville,

My favorites would include anything by the late Walter Gotschke, particularly his work on the Silver Arrows, and "Ferrari/Ferrari" by Randy Owens.

While I'm not sure they 'qualify' as paintings, but as I am an engineer I have a fondness for original cutaway drawings by artists such as Yoshiro Inomoto, James Allington, Tony Matthews, and others. To me they certainly qualify as works of art.

#4 Alan Lewis

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 20:22

The only one I've ever bought (though there are a couple of gift pictures about the place) is Arthur Benjamins' "Gilles!".

The impression of speed, wheels on grass, you can almost hear the engine. I've loved it from the day I saw it.

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#5 UAtkins

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 20:43

Grahame Bryant - AC Cobra, The Goodwood Revival Tourist Trophy

Thanks for sharing your work Andrew, I particularly like this one as it's my Dad's (Tommy Atkins) old Cobra which I've seen at Goodwood several times. When I first watched it race at Goodwood, (1964) it was painted my Dad's green racing colours and it had no top, but it's nice to know it still exists.

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#6 neville mackay

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Posted 24 July 2003 - 21:27

Dennis raises an interesting point about whether technical drawings qualify for this straw poll. I suggest we create a separate category for them and hereby place my vote with James Matthews' BRM cutaway!

Neville

#7 dretceterini

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 02:21

I love the stylistic work of Geo Ham. I guess I'm a romantic too, as my favorite "currently active" artist is De La Maria....the problem is finding enough room for all the posters and prints.

#8 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 02:54

These are okay...

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Especially the Bartlett one would be better if the magazine masthead handn't intruded...

#9 Ron Scoma

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 08:30

Originally posted by neville mackay
I wondered what people's single favourite motor racing painting painting was?


My favorite is Luck of the Game by Bryan De Grineau as published in the Light Car and Cyclecar on July 21, 1933
"Freddy Dixon (Riley) was one of those injured at Mannin Beg when Shuttleworth's Bugatti crashed into the pits."
It's a somewhat famous painting as it shows the artist almost being hit by the Bug. I bought this in 1985 and it's held the position of honor ever since.
I like contemporary paintings rather than someone "looking back" and painting a scene. Just my opinion.
I also have a few Roy Nockolds, mostly touring scenes, and some Dion Pears - the Moss-Jenkinson 55 MM is the best of the lot IMHO
The Geo Ham lithographs from the 50s cannot be beat for capturing the atmosphere. I heard at Retromobile that a book was coming out on his work. Any further information?
Cheers,

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#10 robert dick

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 09:06

Geo Ham site at :

http://perso.wanadoo...follezougeoham/

#11 Keir

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 20:10

Geo did some very good motorcycle prints that are not on the above site.
Does anyone know where to get them???

One is called the Motorcyclist.

#12 Kpy

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 21:34

Originally posted by Keir
Geo did some very good motorcycle prints that are not on the above site.
Does anyone know where to get them???

One is called the Motorcyclist.


I think I know where to find a couple of Geo Ham motorcycling lithographs. The editor of the magazine I work for is selling them.
Email, or pm me and I'll drop you his email address.
The print you want may be the one called Moto vitesse.

#13 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 21:47

For Keir...

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All credit to David Atkinson and the policy of Racing Car News...

#14 theunions

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 23:34

Does anyone here actually care for the canvas work (in other words, not talking about paint schemes or other illustrative ventures) of the "Monet of Motor Sports?"

I sure don't.

#15 David M. Kane

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Posted 26 July 2003 - 17:15

One of Duncan's mechanics lives here in Indy. I will have to share this
topic with him. Next time I see Duncan, in a few weeks, I will tell how neat I think your painting is.

#16 Keir

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Posted 27 July 2003 - 00:30

Kpy, Thanks, check your pm's

Ray,
Could that be Amon?? :lol:

I think that shot is on the wrong thread??

#17 Roger Clark

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Posted 27 July 2003 - 05:41

Originally posted by Ray Bell
For Keir...

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All credit to David Atkinson and the policy of Racing Car News...


I know there's such a thing as artistic licence, but it looks to me as though Amon's wing would develop lift, not downforce.

#18 paulhooft

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Posted 27 July 2003 - 07:28

This all reminds me of an 1960 Scalextrix box art I saw Yesterday..

Paul Hooft :up:

#19 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 July 2003 - 12:15

Originally posted by Roger Clark
I know there's such a thing as artistic licence, but it looks to me as though Amon's wing would develop lift, not downforce.


Very true...

David Atkinson was prone to making this kind of error. Later covers by Colin Anderson were usually impeccable in this regard, but tended to be less exciting to look at.

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#20 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 28 July 2003 - 15:15

Many thanks everyone for taking a look at my work and special thanks to Ursala for the kind comments about my Cobra Goodwood painting.

Regarding the technical cut-away' illustrations, these are indeed an art form. My training was as a Technical Illustrator and I subsequently produced many cut-away and exploded drawings for car manufacturers in Germany and also some race car illustrations for Lola. I also did the cut-away and parts drawings in the manual that comes with the Hewland LD200 gearbox. Theo Page of Autosport inspired me to become an Illustrator. His 1960s cut-aways were magnificent.

Nowadays all of these drawings are done using Computer Graphics, often using a programme called Adobe Illustrator. Data can be imported from the design office, turning it around on the screen and adding colour. I later used CG too but never felt totally comfortable with it although I could easily produce work to the standards required. I have always preferred using my hands to do the artwork from scratch - pencils, pens or paint brushes.

Many more of my paintings can be seen on my website including this Hewland cut-away illustration that I did of the LD200 in 1988. It was drawn in pencil using the blueprint drawings and an actual casing as reference. Upon approval of the pencil drawing by Hewland, it was traced onto art board and drawn in black ink. The colouring was added last.
http://www.andrewkit...ps/Hewland.html

#21 Viss1

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Posted 28 July 2003 - 16:48

Beautiful work, Andrew. AtlasF1 counts among its members a few amateur and professional artists. I'll explore your site as time allows :up:

#22 Ray Bell

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Posted 28 July 2003 - 22:28

I'm not familiar with that box, Andrew... is it a four speed?

Nicely illustrated. Simple and clear. Obviously belies the work you put into it...

#23 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:08

Ray,

re: Hewland LD200 Transaxle Gearbox

The 'box is four speed with reverse. The gear shift pattern is a standard 'H' with reverse to the left and forward. It was designed in 1988 for rear engined competition cars up to 130lbs/ft torque and 140 bhp. It was originally designed with 'Formula Ford 1600' and 'Formula Forward' in mind. Weight when wet (oil SAE 80 or 90) 68lbs ( 30.8kg).

#24 Ray Bell

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 08:52

Thanks Andrew... it's a bit confusing with the 200 in the name. The other '200' is the FT, of course, which is capable of transmitting a great deal more torque than that.

#25 Dennis Hockenbury

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 15:18

Over the weekend, I received a set of Walter Gotschke's "The Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars" as a birthday gift. This set of 29 prints is available from the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y. as a fund raiser item priced at $200 per set. More information can be found on Page 6 of the IMRRC Newsletter.

I became aware of this prints from a prior post by Mike Argetsinger, and now having seen the quality of this set, I can recommend these prints without reservation.

This set comes in a very nice fabric covered presentation box with the set titles in embossed gold. A concise forward by Karl Ludvigsen on the history of MB motorsport, a biography of the artist by John Dugdale, and notes on each print are provided. The cover page is signed by Gotschke.

The prints are on heavy stock, and each is very suitable for framing.

Gotschke's highly impressionist style is captured with exquisite reproduction using his vivid use of color that bring to life scenes that depicts the speed and drama of the period. While the set generally captures MB racing cars from Lautenschlager to Moss/Jenkinson, most prints have an abundance of other makes in the scene as well. As my memories of the 30's Silver Arrows are largely from black/white photographs of the period, the color of these scenes brings a new dimension to the "look" of this period.

If you are an admirer of Gotschke and the period covered by this set, you will not be disappointed. My only problem is in deciding which of these wonderful prints to frame, and in finding the space to display them.

My very public heartfelt thanks to Laura for a wonderful gift.

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 15:23

From when I was very young,
back in the late 50's, I remember all those black and white drawings by Carlo Demand..
made a big impact on me!!!
And I love the paintings of De La Maria!!
Monaco 1937, in the rain!!
Paul

#27 dbw

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Posted 08 September 2003 - 17:41

there's the art and there's the subject....from a pure artistic and technical perspective i feel peter helck is right up there [and you can't really argue with the subject matter]....and imho david kimball ranks easily with allington...i'm not really too impressed with the photorealists as that's pretty much a exact painting of a real good photo[see cleaworth]...and who was it that said "a portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth"..[or close to that].

oh yes..my credentials; MFA studio art,stanford university..[doesn't mean squat-but it sure looks good on paper!]

#28 Mike Argetsinger

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Posted 09 September 2003 - 05:16

Originally posted by Dennis Hockenbury
Over the weekend, I received a set of Walter Gotschke's "The Mercedes-Benz Racing Cars" as a birthday gift. This set of 29 prints is available from the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y. as a fund raiser item priced at $200 per set. More information can be found on Page 6 of the IMRRC Newsletter.

I became aware of this prints from a prior post by Mike Argetsinger, and now having seen the quality of this set, I can recommend these prints without reservation.

This set comes in a very nice fabric covered presentation box with the set titles in embossed gold. A concise forward by Karl Ludvigsen on the history of MB motorsport, a biography of the artist by John Dugdale, and notes on each print are provided. The cover page is signed by Gotschke.

The prints are on heavy stock, and each is very suitable for framing.

Gotschke's highly impressionist style is captured with exquisite reproduction using his vivid use of color that bring to life scenes that depicts the speed and drama of the period. While the set generally captures MB racing cars from Lautenschlager to Moss/Jenkinson, most prints have an abundance of other makes in the scene as well. As my memories of the 30's Silver Arrows are largely from black/white photographs of the period, the color of these scenes brings a new dimension to the "look" of this period.

If you are an admirer of Gotschke and the period covered by this set, you will not be disappointed. My only problem is in deciding which of these wonderful prints to frame, and in finding the space to display them.

My very public heartfelt thanks to Laura for a wonderful gift.



Dennis is absolutely correct - the boxed set of Gotschke prints is excellent value. Dennis has described them far better than I could. As he said, they are a fund raiser for the Research Center. We have some other nice items available, as well, for anyone looking to add to their collection while doing something for the Center.

I've just returned (to my home in Chicago) from the weekend in Watkins Glen at the Zippo Vintage Grand Prix. The event produced the largest entry of any vintage race in the United States this year. At the Research Center we hosted an auction of racing art and memorabilia along with a reception on Friday evening. It was a great success. We had something like 130 pieces - most were sold by silent bid and about a dozen went through a live auction process. Nearly a third of the material was related to Mark Donohue and these items were particularly popular - for example, a 16x24 black and white print of Mark in his CanAm Lola (with Roger Penske leaning in to offer guidance!) went for $1250.00 on the silent auction (this by the way was from Ron Nelson who I have mentioned in other posts). On the other hand many beautiful pieces went at bargain prices. There was, therefore, something for virtually everyone and it was a fun evening. David Donohue and other members of his family spoke along with other key figures from Mark's racing career who offered their memories and thoughts.

Since I'm on a roll here- let me mention our other fund raiser this year. We are doing a raffle with the prize being a VIP trip for two to the 2004 Daytona 500. The prize includes round trip air fare for two (sorry, it has to be from a U.S. airport), three nights in a first class hotel in Orlando, first class transportation to the Speedway each day, premier seating for both the Saturday race and the 500 on Sunday, access to the garages, access to Victory Lane and more. At $20 a ticket (and only 1500 tickets being sold) it is pretty attractive if you are in to NASCAR at all. Which I know most people on TNF are not. Still, if you have a friend who is I would appreciate if you would mention it to them. Tickets can be purchased on a secure site on the Center's web site www.racingarchives.org
or by phone to the Center at 607/535-9044. And remember, the proceeds benefit the Research Center whose mission is to preserve the archives and history of the sport. The drawing is November 15.

#29 Andrew Kitson

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 15:56

If anyone is interested in taking a look, i've updated my site, including the historic racing section
which can be found on the 'paintings' page. www.andrewkitson.com

Regards
Andrew.

Edit: Note the links on the ancient first post in this thread are from my old site, no longer active.


#30 Rob

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 16:45

Your work never ceases to amaze me Andrew, you have a super talent :)

#31 lanciaman

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 01:48

Originally posted by Andrew Kitson
If anyone is interested in taking a look, i've updated my site, including the historic racing section
which can be found on the 'paintings' page. www.andrewkitson.com

Regards
Andrew.

Edit: Note the links on the ancient first post in this thread are from my old site, no longer active.


Andrew,

I much admire your work. And you are prolific!

I am coming to the party late, painting "full time" only since Spring of '07. My work can be viewed at www.tombuttersart.com
or
http://frecksautoart.com/butters.html

I am hopeless about posting pics here especially since I live in the country, manage on dial-up and "broadband" is wishful thinking.

But, I paint every day and have the IMS museum relatively nearby; it is a great resource for photos, artifacts and fairly accessible machinery.

BTW, the photo of me with JYS on my website is now about 28 years old. He has managed the passage much better than I have.

#32 j-ickx-fan

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 10:53

For your info, I've just finished to build a website for the French automotive artist Patrick Brunet . He's using only red chalk and black lead pencil.