I started work on this canvas quite early on in the MotoGP season. Marc was already a formidable rider with an impressive list of championship titles to his name, but like everyone I was blown away by his performance in the first race of the premier class season when he diced against Valentino Rossi. At that very moment I think we all felt that we were witnessing the start of the ‘changing of the guard’ and Marquez was something very, very special.
The painting took shape over a number of months, interspersed by several periods filming abroad. It was a personal piece rather than a commission, therefore I had free reign to paint whatever inspired me and although I initially toyed with idea of capturing the more obvious Marquez signature of ‘elbow touching tarmac’, it never quite came alive as a composition. On film it is stunning to watch, but as a static moment in time my sketches were not capturing the awesome dominance and body language of this supremely talented young rider. At that extreme angle, much of the bike and his body fall into shadow and it did not leap out at me in a powerful riot of colour. I chose to paint Marquez rising over the crest of the track in a trail of heat haze, powering out of the bend with his front wheel airborne. I personally love this composition as I feel it really captures Marc’s raw talent and his sheer determination to stamp his mark in the premier class ….and subsequently make his mark in history.
The facts that go down in history:
Facts supplied courtesy of the official website: www.motogp.com
My thanks go to Jean Francois Monier for kindly supplying me with the photographic reference for this painting.
Exhibition quality Giclee Print 80 x 60cm - £80.00(Price includes P&P to UK & EU, £5 postage outside of EU)
Stretched canvas 100 x 75cm - £160.00(Price includes P&P to UK & EU)
Canvas (Unstretched and rolled in a tube) - £140.00(Price includes P&P to UK & EU, £15 postage outside of EU)
The thin 'slice' is a stunning way of displaying the painting in a room that might not have space for the full canvas. The slice is available as either a Giclee paper print or a canvas 50" x 10" (127cm x 25cm).
Please note that the 'slice' is sold as an open edition.
'Slice' Stretched canvas 127 x 25cm - £120.00(Price includes P&P to UK & EU)
'Slice' Canvas (un-stretched and rolled in a tube) (Unstretched & rolled in a tube) - £95.00(Price includes P&P to UK & EU, £15 postage outside of EU)
All sizes are approximate