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GP Week : Issue 213
F1 >>> nEWs wORLD CHAMpIONS IN ART An exciting new collection of art is to be launched in December in London that will provide a fascinating insight into 24 of the most famous Formula One world champions and how they have influenced and shaped the lives and careers of those connected with the sport. The collection, which includes iconic names such as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, Graham Hill, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, has been created by London artist Mark Dickens, in his own style. Integral to each painting are the handwritten quotes by leading F1 drivers, team principals and motorsport personalities reflecting on what makes their chosen world champion special and a legend of the sport. Mark has incorporated these revealing quotes into each painting, providing a rare insight into what each driver means to some of the biggest names in motor racing. The paintings are a beautiful mix of artistic application made up of many layers of photographic transfers, hand-made paper, gold leaf, fabric, resin paint and incorporating stunning photographs from the extensive Sutton Images archive. World Champions in Art is the latest F1-based collection from Dickens. In 2011 Bernie Ecclestone commissioned him to create 19 paintings for each of the F1 grands prix. The commission showcased the vibrant and prestigious elements of the sport with the architectural and cultural dynamism of each of the host cities during the 2011 season. For Dickens, World Champions in Art has been a labour of love. “Producing the 24 paintings has been a real joy for me,” he says. “To celebrate these drivers in such a way really brings their achievements to life. I build each piece up with a mixture of layers of material, paint and pattern. Every painting is designed to be personal to each driver and reflect his character and achievements. “For example, Jackie Stewart has provided me with his own tartan to include in his painting. I have of course been fortunate to be able to incorporate the amazing photographs from Sutton Images’ huge library, which include some rarely seen images. When all of this is combined with the handwritten tributes from other drivers and industry personalities the art really takes on a life of its own.” Keith Sutton shares Dickens’ satisfaction with the collection. “I’m delighted for our images to be used in this way,” he admits. “Mark has been able to use some photos many people will never have seen before. When these are portrayed in Mark’s unique style with the handwritten messages I think they result in a beautiful tribute to these greats of F1.” The official opening of The World Champions in Art Gallery takes place on Saturday December 6 at the Cello Factory, Cornwall Road, Southwark, London and will include a VIP auction evening in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The gallery will be open to the public from Sunday 7 until Thursday 11 December. 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: