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20 November 2014

Cycling Profiles - Mr Mark Faithhurst - Cycling Artist.

What is it that makes the humble bicycle so evocative to artists? Right from the very beginnings of the bicycle, it has always been portrayed with freedom and flair; not just in photographs, but posters, postcards and advertising too. Bicycles take you on a simple journey. A journey of escapism, to a place that could be a race, a far-away place; where the descents are long and the climbs are short, a cafe in Tuscany or an English pub with the finest of ale. Artists have always wanted to capture that freedom and the good news is; the humble bicycle and cycling are here to stay and artists will continue to follow along.

One such artist is Mark Fairhurst. I stumbled across one of his images a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. As you can see, his work has a timeless look, an art deco - art nouveau style which harks back to early advertising posters, which are still very much admired the world over.  

Mark started out a photographer, and during a rather slack period of work, he started drawing cartoons and discovered he rather enjoyed it. A chum suggested he put one of his drawings for all to see on twitter and from then on, the world and his wife wanted more, but more importantly, they wanted to buy his artwork, so he obliged. But it was in the summer 2012 when things really changed for Mark. Bradley Wiggins was the first Brit to win the Tour De France and London hosted the Olympics and with cycling in Britain suddenly at the forefront, Mark’s work started to gain international interest and his work now adorns walls as far away as china. 

I first met Mark at a lavish launch of the Tweed Run in London where the cocktails flowed rather too much, but as the evening went on, we chatted more about the growing world of retro cycling and I can’t help but think, that Mark’s artwork came at just at the right time.  
Much has happened since then; with Mark's work being spotted by Sky Sports, who featured his work in their 2014 Tour De France special series, he also provided unique work for Chris Froome and his book ‘The Climb’ and then the not so glamorous admiration of, “pictures in the loos in The Woolpack, for the TV series Emmerdale” . He also has a book coming out next year with Bloomsbury Publishing. 

Talent comes in many forms, and all of us have an element of it simmering beneath our sometimes harsh exterior. Dig deep and you might find it. Mark Fairhurst did!

Images courtesy and Copyright of Mark Fairhurst.
See and buy Marks work at:www.zeitgeistimages.co.uk

16 November 2014

A Record Find.

I recently bought a boxed lot of cycling items in an auction. I bought it blind and 'off the cuff' without looking to see what was in the box. Dangerous really, because like Forest Gump " you never know what your going to get ". But when the auctioneer said names and documents relating to Fausto Coppi and records, I put my hand up. I paid and collected the box, and the first item I pulled out was this rather beautiful certificate.

Dating from 13th October 1924, it describes a record obtained by a Mr H.M. Oxley at the Herne Hill Velodrome for a one mile standing start while being motor paced with a record time of 1 minute 41 seconds. The back of the frame tells us more. An extract from Cycling tells us, 'Harry' Oxley of the Kentish Wheelers was paced by H. Goodwin of the same club and Oxley used a gear of 112.

Below is a pathe film; alerted to us by one of our readers. Flimed in 1925 at Herne Hill, it shows C. H. Bartlett breaking many motor paced records. Superb filming and gives you a real insight.

When you get your hands on anything like this, It immediately transports you back to the day when 'Harry' won this certificate and you ask yourself; what was the weather like? - what motor pacer was his chum Mr Goodwin riding? - what bike was Harry riding? - do both machines still exist? and why did this certificate end up in a box in an auction. We will probably never know any of these questions, but what we do know, is Harry's certificate is now hanging in my office for all to see.