The most important aspect when viewing all the different sculptures and images is the single premise behind each one. The entrapment of speed contained within a moving object. Said object being a car or motorcycle. Each edition contains speed and movement in a totally unique way. Capturing speed in a sculpture is incredibly difficult. Firstly it’s 3D. It’s not just a 2D flat image. So every angle you view the subject from, you have to see the speed contained. Apart from the distortion relating to the stresses and strains being introduced to all the moving parts, the blurred soft edges which are so synonymous with photography also have to be considered. It’s a very long and painful process. All that’s missing is the screaming tyre and engine sounds. One extra element also contained in most of the later sculptures especially the F1 subjects is an extra layer of info relating to the driver or car.
The Niki Lauda and James Hunt editions are two examples. Where possible this extra info can become part of the edition. With the Lauda edition all Nikki’s fairly forthright views on F1 have been added as the speed/tyre marks pouring from the wheels. Expletives and all. Makes for a great read! The James Hunts edition contains a montage of images which make up a glimpse into his wild personal life whilst driving his McLaren. Given the opportunity this extra factor will always be included within an edition. A further example is one of the larger bikes. This was created as a one-off edition. Title: ‘246’ This large bike sculpture has the 246 names (as of 2015) of the riders who have paid the ultimate price for taking on the challenge of the TT, subtly woven into the texture of the bike and rider. Originally destined for permanent display on the Isle of Man, due to all sort of political disruptions this unique sculpture was finally purchased by a private collector.
Due to the time and costs involved in creating these large sculptures a very limited edition will always be the norm. An edition of only three to five of each will be offered. All are hand painted by the artist, hence there will always be very slight differences between the editions. Only one edition of each of the back lit images will be offered for sale. Each edition is signed and dated. And an issue certificate is always issued as well.
Learned how to sharpen a pencil properly at the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art. Spent far too long in advertising working in some of London’s best (and worst) ad agencies as an Art Director and later as a Creative Director, persuading people to buy stuff they didn’t really need! Created the Speed Freaks brand back in 2001. Killed it off in 2011 due to all sorts of reasons. Have been concentrating on the larger editions and images which you will find on this site since 2007. Exhibited at the Royal Academy, The Mall galleries. Numerous smaller private galleries. Retromobile in Paris, and have been a part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival for the past fifteen years or so. Always looking for new ways to let the public see the editions, so if you are a gallery, university or school please make contact.