For those looking for a perfectly unique gift for Christmas, it’s never too early to start searching for something out of the ordinary. In which case it’s likely that the Royal Automobile Club can help. It has unveiled an exhibition of automotive art that you can view, and buy, from home. The club’s annual Art of Motoring event has moved online instead of being held in its historic London clubhouse.
The show gathers works from 22 artists and sculptors, working with a diverse range of media from traditional etching to state-of-the-art 3-D printing.
In a rather meta moment, former Le Mans winner and Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson took up residence in Los Angeles to create abstract works based on famous race track corners, and the portrait of Sir Stirling Moss pictured above.
Other highlights of the show include the stunning exploded drawings of ‘the cutaway king’ Tony Matthews and silk screen prints by Ella Freire.
Those who prefer sculpture may be drawn to the works of Jonny Ambrose, which experiment with airflow and also use 3-D printing to create impactful pieces, such as the Porsche 956.
“The Club has been collecting motoring art for over a century,” explains Jeremy Vaughan, Head of Motoring at the Royal Automobile Club, “ we are very proud of the collection at our Pall Mall clubhouse, which complements the collections of both the library and extensive archive. Britain has more professional motoring and motor-racing artists than any other nation and the club is delighted to showcase and help promote such talent.”
The exhibition runs until November 6 and everything on show is for sale, with prices ranging from about £125 to as much as £25,000.