Two Robert Carter Original Paintings to be Auctioned at Bonham’s Las Vegas
Motorcycle art enthusiasts will be in for an incredible opportunity when two original paintings and a series of outstanding prints by contemporary motorsports artist Robert Carter come up for bid at Bonham’s Motorcycle Auction, January 9th at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Carter’s title piece for this auction is an original painting showing well known AMA Flat Track star Jim Rice piloting his BSA to victory at the 1970 Santa Rosa Mile. Measuring 48” x 60”, this magnificent oil on canvas captures all the excitement and close competition of flat track racing at its best.
Carter’s second original celebrates the 100 Mile Grand Prix of the 50’s on Catalina Island. An oil on canvas, this piece of art is 36” x 60”.
In addition to these two originals, some of Carter’s Giclee prints will be available.
Born and raised in London, Carter’s love affair with art began when he was 13 years old. His first thought was to become a commercial artist.
“My teacher told me I should go to an art college, explains Carter. “But I couldn’t really see doing that. I just wanted to go out and get into it. I got an apprentice job in a studio that specialized in package design. I was pretty much making tea and delivering parcels, but I learned a lot, especially about packaging which is why some of my stuff has that appearance.”
Turning freelance at the age of 19 Carter would work for a couple of months and then take off for three months and travel getting lost in places like the Greek Islands. He would come back broke and immediately go back to work. He pretty much lived that way for 10 years.
In 1982 Carter came to California to spend a month touring the West Coast on a BSA.
“It definitely was not the ideal touring bike”, says Carter with a smile. “It broke down in Chico and that brought my trip to an end. However I liked the area so much that I decided to stay. So, obviously, it all worked out.”
Today, Carter and his wife live on a farm in the back of an orchard just off the Sacramento River. Carter has his studio just 50 yards from his house and plenty of land to grow vegetables. His location also allows him in indulge in his other two loves, tinkering with motorcycles and fishing.
“While painting is my passion, I’ve always loved motorcycles,” says Carter. “In fact, I have a dozen or so vintage bikes that came my way. I keep tinkering on them, just like the old saying, if it ain’t broke, fix it until it is. I have built an old Triumph and other stuff and it is something I really enjoy.”
For more information on the Bonham’s Motorcycle Auction and to register to bid on line, go to http://www.bonhams.com.
UPDATE: Robert Carter’s Santa Rosa Mile painting has sold for $2,750!
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