Just as the Women’s Tour has left town, cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the sport in another form as artist Maxine Dodd brings an exhibition of cycling art to Kettering.
Her exhibition Racing Lines: Le Tour will be at the Alfred East Art Gallery throughout July.
The show includes over 40 original paintings inspired by cycling and the Grand Tours, capturing the race, the fans and the riders.
The pictures feature on her blog Maxine Dodd: Racing Lines.
The blog began in 2012 as a way of showing Maxine’s work to a wider audience.
Her first subject was the Tour de France, a race that has fascinated her for a long time.
After that she followed the London Olympics and thereafter added many subjects both sports and arts related, from horse-racing and rugby to music and dance. Her aim is to capture fleeting moments primarily using pen and ink – hence the name Racing Lines.
As a result of the blog, Maxine held her first solo show at the jGallery, Moulton, and she has been delighted to sell to new clients overseas in France and the USA.
Maxine works from moving images from television feeds, often working on several pieces at the same time. After the initial ‘live’ work, Maxine goes back over the drawings to add refining touches and colour using watercolours and pastels to complete each picture, evoking a classic 1950s French style with a modern edge.
She said: “Drawing to me, is vital. I believe that it is the root of the expressive nature of my work. I find great joy from pen and ink. I love the directness; they are immediate and unforgiving. The line you lay down is the line that stays - good or bad!”
Three years on, Maxine is delighted to show a new collection of over 40 original pictures in the Alfred East Gallery in Kettering. She knows Kettering very well, having had a studio at nearby Barton Hall for several years.
All Maxine’s paintings are made using archival-quality materials and framed in a simple contemporary style, using a slim, black bevelled frame that echoes the pen line with a white textured mount. The size on average is around 40cm x 40cm, so they can be hung singly to brighten a study or grouped to make a mosaic arrangement in a larger space. Prices start from £150.
You can see them at the Alfred East Gallery throughout July. Maxine will be in the gallery in person to welcome visitors on Saturday, June 27, between 1pm and 3pm. For a flavour of the paintings you will see and to follow ‘Maxine Dodd: Racing Lines’ go online to www.maxinedodd.com