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I searched for those key elements that I wanted to express, the qualities which captured my fascination with my chosen subject on a deeper level than simply illustrating a vehicle or a moment in racing history. This train of thought could send us into some fairly deep philosophical waters with questions about what is art and how much self-expression can you get into a picture of a Model T? That could easily lead into pretentious territory which would overstate my artistic ambition! All artists are in the business of creating eye candy because however lofty the ideals behind it the painting has to look good enough that somebody would want to hang it on their wall. Cars in themselves can be such beautiful objects that simply painting one well is enough to create a beautiful picture worthy of that wall space. My own aim is always to do at least that much but also to add an extra dimension that will hopefully stir the emotions and fire the imagination of the viewer. Sometimes that can be as simple as evoking nostalgic memories and the feel-good factor brought on by "Hey, that's my car!" and "Boy, they were good times!" One of the early images capturing those sentiments was "Those Were the Days, Joe!"
Teardrop By The Ocean

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Storm Clouds Behind Us
Apart from their obvious functional role cars are an integral part of our lives on so many other levels. They embody our desires and aspirations and play a very real part in the realisation of our dreams. I tried to evoke these ideas in "Secret Liaison". I don't want to spell it out; I rather hope that it is an image whose symbolism speaks for itself and encourages the imagination of the onlooker to interpret the story their way. "Teardrop by the Ocean" was an obvious play on the model name of the Talbot Lago but there is also an implied story with the empty chair and the untouched drink in the foreground suggesting a connection to the melancholic, lone figure of a woman in the background.

Tension


I'm now fast approaching my 50th birthday and I continue to enjoy painting pictures of cars with a hint of narrative. For anybody interested of course I did lots of other things before this but it seems to me that what matters now in profiling Gary Whinn the artist is the way I turn my personal history into automotive art. Undoubtedly some of those life experiences have filtered through to my paintings and come out in ways which are a surprise even to me. This creative process is both mysterious and satisfying and when somebody buys a painting because it is a powerful reminder to them of a scene from their own life it is a very rewarding experience. It never ceases to be a thrill that with a painting I created back in my studio I have in some way communicated on an emotional level with a perfect stranger, perhaps living thousands of miles away. How cool is that?

CONTACT:
Gary Whinn, Bryndu, Bwlch y Ffridd,
Powys, SY163JN, UK
+44 (0) 1686 650530
garywhinn@auto-art.co.uk