Paint Your Wagon!
by Steve Weston with Ian Guy
What, you may wonder, is the relevance of a Lee Marvin song, a small market town on the borders of England and Wales and Nostalgia Drag World?
During the UK drag racing 'off' season, thoughts turned to how I could keep contributions flowing to the publication on a monthly basis. As it transpired due to unforseen weather related circumstances, it was not possible to maintain a regular submission. However, one thought remained constant throughout, that a particular feature had to be compiled and written. When it was first suggested to Rob, he was, to my amazement overjoyed that the subject of the feature would be appearing in a future issue, his words 'he's huge'. My thoughts that an introduction to the person would be required proved totally groundless!
Living in a small market town on the borders of England and Wales, an area known as the Wye Valley, I guess I can number probably 10 people who could be considered 'drag racing nuts'. Up until about 12 months ago, two of those 'nuts' lived about 1½ miles from my home. They have now moved to a more rural location, but still within 5 miles.
The person I want to introduce you to, is Ian Guy, Motoring Artist.
I will let Ian relate his story, but, though I have known Ian for a while, there was one question I needed an answer too. I will leave that to the end, the answer was worth the wait!
"Thank you for the opportunity to appear in your magazine.
I moved south from Gloucestershire, where I was raised, soon after my education, my idea being to sell art to tourists, something I had been drawn to in my early teens whilst on holiday in Cornwall.
So for many years I owned my own public Gallery in Saint Ives Cornwall spending time painting local scenes, however my love of all things automotive often featured in my paintings and the success of an idea to incorporate a customers car into the scene of their choice took off, leading me to try this same idea away from the gallery at various car shows, historic racing festivals and the like. I soon realised being based so far south was becoming a hindrance and so decided to sell-up and move back "home" where I would bebased more centrally. Looking back, the best move I ever made. Now I get to paint what I love to paint.
I am essentially self taught. I was a bit of a lost soul after finishing my high school education, a teacher pointed me towards Art College where I came out two years later with a National Diploma in Graphic Design. But a formal job in design was not at all appealing.
My inspiration comes from my lifelong need to escape and my deep rooted love of the automobile. American TV was very influential in my formative years so I’d have to say that the Warner Brothers “Roadrunner” cartoons have a lot to answer for! Along with all the classic road movies I devoured as I grew up. My art has just evolved with me as part of my personal journey so I’ve not found inspiration from other artists. For me each painting holds a story, a possibility, and if I can fire someone’s imagination to ask where that story is going I’ve succeeded in what I’ve set out to achieve. I guess you could look at one of my paintings as a trailer to a movie, one that you can sit and enjoy in your own head with your own happy ever after ending – or not. “Vanishing Point”?
(L-R) Vanishing Point Challenger - General Lee Painting
(L-R) Bullitt Mustang Print - American Graffiti
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