'The Face of Formula 1' art exhibition opened in London this week in the build-up to this weekend's British Grand Prix, the ninth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Crash.net Radio went along and spoke to the artist behind the portraits - Jill Bradley.


"Over the course of the 2005/2006 F1 season Jill produced a series of portraits of drivers and team principals inspired by her life-long passion for motor sport," read a statement to the media.

"The portraits are oils on canvas, and are modelled on iconic 'Old Master' works. Bradley used her knowledge of the sport and its protagonists to select particular historical pieces as her inspiration.

"The character, mood or title and in some cases, likeness, to these paintings and sculptures were then used to create modern figurative interpretations of her F1 subjects. The portraits reflect not only the individual nature of the personalities involved in F1 but also the collective dynamic of this sporting environment.

"The collection was previously exhibited at the National Museum of Bahrain, F1 Paddock Club, and in Monaco and Silverstone.

"A number of the works have already been sold in benefit of the subjects' chosen charity. Giancarlo Fisichella's portrait, for example, was sold to Flavio Briatore for ?25,000 in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

"The cross-genre exhibition combines the popular appeal of motor sport with the world of art history.

"The exhibition also includes two new portraits of MotoGP stars Nicky Hayden, current World Champion, and Marco Melandri."

'The Face of Formula 1' exhibition at 'Capital Culture' near Covent Garden is open to the public for three weeks and ends on July 25. Entry is FREE.



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