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My passion is also my business, as I am with the Toronto based Hav-A-Kar Auto Group. I sell or lease any make of car, van or truck available in Canada. My interest in all things "car" has helped me with my many clients in Ontario over the past 20+ years. Please give me the opportunity to assist you.

Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8: Ian Guy - The Motoring Artist

What better way to start a blog about cars, than to show a pic of that ZZ Top front man, Billy Gibbons. Great singer, great guitar player and car guy extraordinaire. Remember his over the top, but beautiful Cadzzilla? Or what about the ultra famous Eliminator? Well, the other reason I'm showing Mr. Gibbons is that he is signing a copy of a painting by "The Motoring Artist", Ian Guy. I've blogged about Ian's work before, but I felt it was time to take another look at what this talented English bloke has been up to.

First off, his credentials.......


If one needed any further proof of Ian Guy's love of cars, just check out his current ride. This hopped up '78 Chevy Stepside has probably been on every car guy/gal's wish list at some time in their car loving life. So, Ian not only talks the talk, he also walks the walk., if you get my drift. I can just imagine this flamed stepside cruising the back lanes of the old country. So, Ian loves cars and he loves the North American old car scene, as one can tell by looking at his paintings.......


From the classic old '32 Ford hot rods to another classic, the Cobra/Sting Ray rivalry of the mid '60's.......


......or a couple of hero cars from the movies, on the left the wicked fast '55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop and on the right, John Milner's, loaded with attitude, '32 Ford from American Graffiti. Now that would be a classic pairing.........


Or how about going back to the early days at Bonneville, where at the end of the day, we see this belly tank (look it up) speedster being taken home after a day on the salt.........


Want dramatic?



Or do you lean towards something else taken from the movies.........

 

......and if you have to ask where either of these two pictures come from, you might have been hiding under a rock for the past several years or decades. Ian's paintings have done a great job of capturing the moment in these flics.

The very talented hand of Mr. Guy at work..........


Makes you long for the good old days or at least want an ice cream.

Ian's paintings bring back memories of a certain time or an event. Mood pieces that can transport us back through the decades to a simpler(?) time. Well, I didn't have an old Ford truck or a horse, but I can sure feel what this day would have been like, as the trailers get loaded up after some calf roping at the OK corral...... 


I think Ian was born in the wrong country, based on the time and places he depicts in this paintings. On the other hand, maybe viewing the past and another country from afar, gives him added or a different perspective. Like what you see? Check him out at www.motoringartist.com .

Now back to good ol' boy, Billy Gibbons and what he is signing........


My guess is that the ZZ man would not be putting his signature on anything he didn't 100% approve of. A very nice testimonial for the Motoring Artist, Ian Guy.

Until next time.......



4 comments:

  1. Good auto art is hard to beat. This guy is like David Mann was to motorcycles. Very talented. I find it interesting in that pic with the '57 Chevy wagon and the Peterbilt truck, I took one look at it and thought: Duel. But then the car would've had to have been a Valiant.

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  2. Hi George, good to hear from you. Funny you should mention Duel, as I just emailed Guy asking if he had done a painting depicting that movie. One of the scariest one actor movies ever made (in my opinion).

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  3. Hey George and Barry thanks for commenting on my artistry.
    Can I say first George that you are indeed right in recognising the truck from Duel.
    My painting sat 'finished' for a while without anything sitting where the truck does now. I was looking for a peaceful journey feeling to this painting when I first came to the canvas.
    But, when finished I looked at it for some time thinking 'there's something missing' and 'there's too much empty space to the left'. Mandy my partner said to me it's too quiet, too peaceful, what it needs is something scary something to wake up the senses. She was right of course, she's my best critic.But what, I thought, can I add the this painting to change the mood, the feel. As you can see it's a limited palette so I was left thinking 'ok, what's brown and scary?'
    Searching the automotive files in my head it suddenly came to me - The Peterbilt from Duel!
    Big enough to fill the empty space on the left, Brown enough to stay within my limited palette and Scary enough to change the mood of the painting.
    Mission completed.
    And Barry, I've now completed a menacing painting of the Duel truck alone, here's a link: Hey George and Barry thanks for commenting on my artistry.
    Can I say first George that you are indeed right in recognising the truck from Duel.
    My painting sat 'finished' for a while without anything sitting where the truck does now. I was looking for a peaceful journey feeling to this painting when I first came to the canvas.
    But, when finished I looked at it for some time thinking 'there's something missing'. Mandy my partner said to me it's too quiet, too peaceful, what it needs is something scary something to wake up the senses. She was right of course, she's my best critic.But what, I thought, can I add the this painting to change the mood, the feel. As you can see it's a limited palette so I was left thinking 'ok, what's brown and scary?'
    Searching the automotive files in my head it suddenly came to me - The Peterbilt from Duel!
    Big enough to fill the empty space on the left, Brown enough to stay within my limited palette and Scary enough to change the mood of the painting.
    Mission completed
    And Barry I've now completed a menacing painting of the Duel Truck alone ...

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    1. Here's a link: http://motoringartist.com/product/duel/

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