bikesheader1000

Bookmark and Share  


msquirestitle1

     Martin Squires has an obsession with motor powered transport.  Be it anything from a humble New Hudson Autocycle right up to Aero Powered Bentley Special and anything in between.

     This obsession started through a family connection with Morgan Three Wheelers and various British Motorcycles:  Matchless, AJS, Brough Superior to name a few.  Combining this obsession with a natural talent for painting Martin has developed a distinctive style which evokes motoring days gone by.  Inspired by vintage photographs with overexposed and high contrast imagery Martin uses a variety of mediums to capture the pioneers and enthusiasts of the past and present.

     As well as illustrating various modes of transport, Martin takes an active interesting in his various subjects, using each piece as a chance to find out more about motoring history.  Having the opportunity to talk to enthusiasts and occasionally getting to see their collections is just as important to Martin as producing a piece of art as it gives him an opportunity to understand his subject, allowing him to produce accurate and pertinent tribute to every subject he paints.

     Martin regularly exhibits at various motoring events throughout the UK and Europe as well as exhibiting internationally.  One of his most recent excursions was to the Prescott Bike Festival on April 12th and as he relates:

    "For it's first year the Prescott Bike festival turned out to be quite an event, with bikes old and new out in force to run up the hill in front of a crowd of a good few thousand! The highlights for me were as always the older bikes, especially the collection that was bought down by the Brooklands Museum not only were they on display they were also running them up the hill too! Here is a selection of my personal highlights..."

(click on photo to enlarge)

Demo piece at the end of the day (a better picture will be posted once I've made more progress)

Demo piece at the end of the day (a better picture will be posted on my blog once I've made more progress)

My home for the day

My home for the day

Doug Earl Cotton 498cc J.A.P. (1938 Speedway Engine) 1928

Doug Earl Cotton 498cc J.A.P. (1938 Speedway Engine) 1928

 
Boy_Tubb_Grindlay_Perrless_498cc_JAP_1929_

"Boy" Tubb Grindlay-Perrless 498cc J.A.P. 1929

1908_Triumph_Belt_Brive

1908 Triumph (Belt Drive)

  • Doug Earle, who raced Zenith bikes at Brooklands in 1938, created this bike in later life as a replica of a 1930s Outer Circuit racer and sidecar.
  • It is likely that he used the bike for dirt/grass track racing post war. He then remodelled it with period style fuel (methanol) and oil tanks. The motorcycle and sidecar streamlined in hand beaten aluminium, streamlining on the front forks remains.
  • In the 1960s he was well known for his immaculately prepared Douglas sprinter, which competed with the "Boy" Tubb Grindlay-Perrless in appearance.
  • In 1928, Bill Lacey, riding a 500cc Grindlay Peerless at Brooklands, became the first person to ride 100 miles an hour on a british track.
  • The following year 5 or 6 replicas were built, one of which was bought by Edmond "Boy" Tubb in 1936.
  • E.C.E. "Ted" Baragwanath rebuilt the engine for Edmond. With this new found power he went on to win his Gold Star at 102mph.

"     This also (1908 Triumph (Belt Drive)) incredibly was running up the hill. The owner was keen to show me the bike when he saw my watercolour piece depicting the same bike. So much so that he wheeled it round to my stall so I could have a look. No clutch on this one a running start is needed to get it going, must be great fun to ride. One day I tell myself one day."
 

     From his various sources, Martin receives his inspiration for the following sampling of his motorbike pieces:

Martin Squires' Vintage Motorcycles

(click on photo to enlarge)

Otto Walker Board Track Racer (Oil on Board)

Otto Walker Board Track Racer (Oil on Board)

Excelsior Oregon City Hill Climb 1920 (Oil on Board)

Excelsior Oregon City Hill Climb 1920 (Oil on Board)

125 Grand Prix, Sachsenring, East Germany (Sunday 11 July 1971) Oil on Board

125 Grand Prix, Sachsenring, East Germany (Sunday 11 July 1971) Oil on Board

     To read more about Martin and his wonderful pieces of artwork, check out his blog at: 
http://martinsquiresautomotiveillustration.blogspot.com/



[Home] [Classifieds] [News] [Builder Profiles] [Guest Columnists] [Calendar] [Buyers Guide] [Products] [Readers Rides] [Event Coverage] [Shop Tours] [Book Reviews] [Catalogs] [Tech] [Videos] [About Us] [Site Map] [Contact Us] [Vendors] [Hotrods] [Celebrities] [Send Pics]

Copyright 2011 Lawford Media Inc. - www.BikerHotline.com - All Rights Reserved.
No portion may be used without our written permission.
Contact: 877.700.2468 or 208.562.0470
s 230 S. Cole Road s Boise s Idaho s  83709 s