I’m pleased to announce my latest commission, a painting of Antonio Cairoli in action and celebrating his 7th world title with his father Benedetto, who sadly passed away this summer.
This acrylic on canvas painting, size 100 cm x 70 cm was commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream and organisers of the 68th edition of the Motocross of Nations in Kegums Latvia over the weekend of 28/29th September 2014.
Antonio Cairoli won his 8th World Motocross Championship in the premier MXGP class in what was a very challenging year, losing his father “Benny”, who died a few days before the Britsh MXGP. Tony was able to overcome his loss and win the GP at Matterley Basin, Winchester, a sign of a true champion.
For several years, I have been commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo to celebrate great moments in Motocross, including his 30th anniversary of promoting Motocross at a gala dinner at the Italian MXGP in Maggiora in June 2013.
Each summer I get together with Mr Luongo to decide who to honour and this year was an easy choice, as “Benny” had been such a massive influence on Tony Cairoli’s career. A commission begins with initial sketches to work out the composition, then a marker visual is produced for approval. Once agreed, the images are then scaled up and drawn onto the large primed canvas. First task is to do a tonal under-painting, then to start blocking in major shapes, which can take several layers, before finally adding the detail, logo’s etc. This work took around 60 hours to complete but seeing the look on Tony’s face at the presentation, it was all worth it!
At approx 50 minutes into this video you will see the painting presentation to Tony Cairoli.