I am a big fan of Gerhard Richter abstract art. he inspired some of my early work. I love his use of colour and the techniques he uses to achieve his results. He very rarely uses a brush, he works with a squeegee and different tools to achieve he look.
“With a brush you have control. The paint goes on the brush and you make the mark. From experience you know exactly what will happen. With the squeegee you lose control. Not all control, but some control. It depends on the angle, the pressure and the particular paint I am using.”
I Have Nothing to Say and I’m Saying it, Conversation between Gerhard Richter and Nicholas Serota, Spring 2011
The Ferrari gear shift gate has been synonymous and famous to the mark since I can remember.I can recall my first encounter with a 250GTB parked in Mayfair (I must of been no older than 12) and looking inside and admiring the beautiful tan leather interior and the chromed gearshift and gate and thinking wow that’s so cool and eligant the image has stayed with me ever since!
Born out of the 1950’s in the UK the name Cafe racer derives from the biker clubs and gangs that used to gather and congregate in Cafe and race along the roads and duel carriage ways around the UK, the most famous to lend its name to this genre of bike was the Ace Cafe in London.
Lean, simple and dirty (in the cleanest sense) these bikes from the likes of Triumph and Norton were no frills machines and were built for speed unlike our American cousins with their “chopper” bikes all chrome, extended front forks and raised handle bars the racers had very little if any chrome and with no frills!
These bikes now have a huge following of which I’m a big fan their appeal (for me anyway) is in their raw, lean and dirty mean look! you won’t find any bells and chrome whistles on these machines!
This is as brief and as compact a description you can give people that have no clue what steampunk is. Perhaps the most recent mainstream point of reference would be the episode “Punked” from ABC’s popular crime drama, Castle (seen above, with Nathan Fillion featuring an armoured forearm creation from Brute Force Studios).
A Few More Details, if you please…
Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America’s Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. If Jules Verne or H.G. Wells were writing their science fiction today, it would be considered “steampunk.”