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An Experience Not To Be Forgotten


This is a short video of an exhibition of my artwork, which I staged in December, 2009 at the Sala Polivalente in Borgo Panigale, Bologna. During my trips to Italy over the past few years, I have been greatly encouraged by the reactions to my artwork from the many people I have met. This has been in spite of the fact that it is not easy to transport original artwork on the back of my bike, so it has usually been in response to a plastic folder containing some of my prints.

I thought it would be really something if I could allow people to see my original paintings and drawings, so I made enquiries to see if there was a suitable venue for an exhibition in Borgo Panigale. There was a beautiful room available, called the Sala Polivalente, at the town hall in the Piazza del Borgo but it was quite expensive. However, I made a formal application and it was decided that, because the exhibition was for the benefit of the residents of Borgo Panigale, there would be no charge. I felt pretty humbled when I learnt this.

So I hired a van, filled it full of pictures and set off for Italy! Once I had set everything up I made this short film of what a visitor to the exhibition would see. The pictures in the exhibition were a mixture of original oil paintings, pencil drawings and canvas reproductions of the same. Just for a bit of fun, the film starts with some on-board footage taken on my Ducati triple nine when I was riding down the Futa pass in 2008, having just left Mugello an hour earlier once the Grand Prix had finished. The Futa pass runs parallel to the autostrada between Mugello and Bologna. The Mille Miglia used to use this road. So, let's just imagine it's a ride on a Ducati into Bologna to visit the exhibition of Ducati paintings and drawings!

The large oil painting in the exhibition depicts Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi on their way to a Ducati one-two in the Grand Prix held at Valencia in 2006. It was the last Moto GP of the season and the final race of the 990cc capacity era. Troy had just won the World Superbike Championship and was asked to ride in this race by Ducati because Sete Gibernau was injured. Troy led from start to finish. This painting was a bit of an epic endeavour. It took me two months to paint and I scarcely left the house in all that time!





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The poster advertising the exhibition




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