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Tony Smith

Born: Birmingham
Lives and works: Teme Valley, Worcestershire

Motor car artist Tony is inspired by the thrill of racing and the dynamicity the sport can create on paper. 

Inspiration

He grew up with the smell of linseed oil and turps as he and his brother Gerald watched his father paint for a living at their home in Biringham. After studying at art school and working in advertising for five years, Tony completed a year's national service as an infantryman. But painting remained his first and foremost love. 

Tony became passionate about motor racing in the 1940s, and researched the subject through books about the pre-war period of motor sport. He developed an interest in cycling, with his first major journey taking him from Birmingham to Silverstone for the 1948 Grand Prix. 

He says: "I love racing cars; their stylish shape, their engineering excellence, and the sound of their engines. But most of all, I love seeing them driven hard against other machines by skilled drivers. Trying to capture the action, speed and even violence of motor racing is a great challenge, and one I'm still working on."

 

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