Rupert Whyte - Automotive Art Column
Rupert Whyte started collecting automobilia in the early 1990s following a love of motorsport going back to the late 1970s. This passion for the sport culminated in a 10-year period of racing cars. A Caterham 7 before progressing to historic machinery including a 1959 Lotus XI and 1963 Lotus 23B.
A keen interest in the art collecting world soon combined with motoring interests and an ever growing automobilia collection and Historic Car Art was founded in 2004. Historic Car Art is now the pre-eminent publisher of automotive fine art as well as a respected dealer in original works and vintage posters.
Some of Rupert's Articles: Automotive Art Column
The Art of Paul Dove
Issue #12 Sept/Oct 2020
Counting Gordon Crosby and Terence Cuneo amongst your biggest influences is always going to stand you in good stead as a motoring artist, as long as you have the skill to carry it off… luckily Paul Dove has it in abundance.
Although Dove studied art at college in his late teens and he confesses that much of his technique is self-taught. Buoyed by the confidence that winning the prestigious 2001 International Motoring Art Competition at only 19 gave Dove, he decided to dive headlong into a professional career of painting full time. “I’ve never had a real job” he quips as we talk over his love of motorsport and its history. “When I first started to get interested in Motor Sport history, Graham Hill soon became my favorite. He was perhaps the biggest character in an era when all drivers were big characters!
Anything that goes fast! John Ketchell – Auto art
Synesthesia or emotion? One, confusion of the senses, the other goosebumps, heart pumping, a slight knotting in the stomach. Stand alone, studying a large John Ketchell canvas – you feel both. Your imagination runs wild! How can you hear and feel so much from an inanimate object? There’s no doubt these paintings can play tricks on the mind.
“I like painting anything that goes fast,” John says. “Aircraft, horses, whatever, but cars are the thing I really love. I can’t stand doing paintings of still cars. I always try to introduce a bit of movement.”