ARTISTS & PHOTOGRAPHERS
Martin Squires - fine artists obsessed by motor powered transport.
With a natural talent for painting, Martin has developed a distinctive style which evokes motoring days gone by. Inspired by vintage photographs with overexposed and high contrast imagery, Martin uses a variety of mediums to capture the pioneers and enthusiasts of the past and present.
As well as illustrating various modes of transport Martin takes an active interest in his various subjects using each piece as a chance to find out more about motoring history.
Having the opportunity to talk to enthusiasts and occasionally get the chance to see their collections is just as important to Martin as producing a piece of art as it gives him an opportunity to understand his subject, allowing him to produce accurate and pertinent tribute to every subject he paints.
Link to website: Martin Squires
MJ Studio - photographer
Mihail Jershov has been a photographer for over ten years, however he discovered a passion for motorcycle reportage photography fairly recently while covering the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in London three years ago.
The Motorcycling culture has captured his imagination, and has taken him to many exciting events including the Bike Shed show, Wheels and Waves, The Malle Mile and Dirtquake.
Link to website: MJ Studio
Jun Takakuda - craftsman leathersmith
Jun creates leather items such as custom motorcycle seats, saddle bags, wallets, keyrings and cases etc.
All his creations are hand-stitched and hand-carved one by one. Each item is unique, distinctive and beautiful. Jun is originally from Japan, however much of his work has been influenced by his travels to Arizona and New Mexico.
His background gives his work a unique feel, by mixing Japanese, Native American and British influences.
After completing a mechanical engineering degree at university he started his career as a rollercoaster designer in Japan. There he met many inspiring people in this industry; architects, engineers, artists, photographers and craftsmen.
Link to website: Jun Takakuda
Ivo Ivanov - photographer / retoucher
With more than 15 years photography / retouching experience, Ivo has worked on a variety of commercial advertising projects in Germany and United Kingdom, for clients such as BMW, Audi, VW, OPEL / Vauxhall.
In the last 5 years he's been working as a still life photographer / retoucher in London.
In his free time, his personal photography projects are closely related to motorcycling and its sub-culture.
Link to website: Ivo Ivanov
Maxwell Paternoster - artist and illustrator
Maxwell is a freelance illustrator, artist and bike fan and has worked on many commissions for magazines including Dice and Sideburn, advertising and clothing projects, including Ruby helmets.
His personal project / website Corpses from Hell, was created to reflect his keen interests in anything related to bike art, bike painting and building.
Adi Gilbert - illustrator and graphic designer
Adi is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. He's probably best known in the motorcycling scene for producing graphically powerful comical posters and flyers.
With over 15 years experience, his recognisable and distinctive style is used by clients around the world to promote their organisations and events.
99Seconds is the name of his studio and portfolio.
In his own words, Adi is stoked by bike, especially BMX and custom motorcycles. He digs the woods, creatures and the wilderness, surfing, heavy metal, new wave, old cars, art, photography and let all these things inspire his work.
Link to website: Adi Gilbert
Sam Christmas - Photographer
Since documenting a motorcycle road trip with friends from London to Biarritz 4 years ago and following up with a solo London exhibition 'Natural Habitats', which uncovered the emerging custom motorcycle scene in the UK, Sam's name has become synonymous with motorcycle culture.
Like his all time favourite film 'On Any Sunday', Sam has covered all aspects of motorcycle culture; from Guy Martin racing Pikes Peak to dirt biking in the Sahara desert.
He has also shot global campaigns for commercial clients such as Triumph, Edwin & Barbour International and has work regularly featured in magazines internationally including Dice, Sideburn, Tank, Moto Heroes, Cafe Racer, Rolling Stone and GQ.
As well as photographing bikes Sam loves riding and racing them, and is currently competing in the DTRA flat track series.
Link to website: Sam Christmas
Ryan Quickfall - illustrator
Ryan is an illustrator and designer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His passion for classic cars, motorcycles and vintage race posters shines through in his work and his flawless style has attracted clients such as Sideburn Magazine, Guy Martin and Shutterstock. He also designs clothing for a number of popular brands, and Snoop Dogg / Lion has been spotted wearing one of his t-shirts (we love that!).
Ryan continues to freelance as an illustrator but his interest in establishing himself as an artist is steadily growing. Applying his skills to the production of permanent artistic products and experimenting with traditional printing and finishing techniques with beautiful results.
Link to website: Ryan Quickfall
Merry Michau - Photographer
Merry have been shooting and working in the motorcycling scene for many years with major brands which include: Dues, Barbour, Belstaff, Tudor, Hedon, Davida, Norton to name a few. Her work has featured in many magazines and has been exhibited at various shows, including The Bike Shed.
Merry's work is distinctive and powerful, being in the right place at the right time instinctively catching candid images of motorcycling life style. She's a keen motorcyclist and owns 12 bikes with my partner in crime 72 motorcycles Jamie Ireson
Link to website: Merry Michau
Ben Cheshire - Mesh Silk Screen
Based in Bristol, UK
Mesh Silk Screen is a print workshop specialising in the production of fine art editions however they will and do print on pretty much anything.
Ben Cheshire owner and founder; a keen motorcyclist and amateur tinkerer inspired by all things shiney and old.
All works are pulled by hand.
Link to website: Mesh Silk Screen
Brett Breckon - illustrator, graphic designer and painter
Brett graduated from Newport College of Art in 1980 and became a freelance illustrator.
For many years airbrush was his medium of choice, but moved onto oil painting and gouache. Embracing computer technology, he also uses digital line art and an unrestricted palette to produce his creations.
Known for his bold, sharp and provocitive artworks, Brett's iconic and recognisable work is revered around the world.
Brett gets his inspiration from mythology, tales and legends, to dream up a wonderful world where motorcycles appear as magical creatures.
Link to website: Brett Breckon
Brett Ryder - illustrator
Brett is an accomplished and creative illustrator, producing surreal and sometimes zany images.
He has always had a fascination with bygone medical journals, dusty advertising boards and the Haynes BSA 650 manual.
Such an assortment of taste in fine illustration combined with an ability to replace a four cylinder manifold with only a few 'minor' screws left over was always destined to have a profound influence on his work.
Link to website: Brett Ryder
Jonny Wilson - photographer
Subsculptures Photography and Sculpture is the creative work of Brighton based artist Jonny Wilson.
Jonny has been photographing the traditional/custom chopper and hot rod scene on the UK for over 8 years and has a passion for bikes himself, owning a 1977 Ironhead Harley Sportster.
He has had his work featured in magazines such as Greasy Kulture, Dice, Back Street Hereos and Classic American and is now working full time as a freelance photographer.
Jonny also lectures in photography as well as undertaking commissions and making stone carvings.
Link to website: Jonny Wilson
Claudia Liebenberg - painter and illustrator
Claudia started drawing and painting at a very young age. Born the eldest daughter of a wild black-haired motorhead, her love for motorcycles and surrounding lifestyle came from hanging out with her dad.
Although Claudia is an accomplished painter and illustrate of all subjects, her passion for motorcycle art is sentimental.
She likes the challenge painting a motorcycle presents, the intricate details, shapes, symmetry and the balance of ratios.
In her own words motorcycles represent " a symbol of doing life together to the full; struggling together, achieving together. A freedom shared. Be it knowledge or appreciation or a craftsman's contact, help and hand are as free as a smile".
Link to website: Claudia Illustration
Paul Ostrer - painter
Paul is a painter based in the UK and has a passion for motorcycling.
He has always worked as a commercial photographer, but in 2005 he started to paint in a realistic style exploring the perceptions of identity, often through the medium of self-portraiture.
His paintings are vivid and sometimes have dark imagery, but also a comical element. Having a passion for biking, motorcycles feature in some of his work.
Visit his website: Paul Ostrer
Paul Hitchens - photographer, author and brand consultant
Paul originally studied at the London College of Printing and began his creative career in Advertising.
Paul specialised in automotive branding for Vauxhall, Saab, Opel and General Motors at Wolff Olins.
He's passionate about Brooklands, the world’s first purpose built racing track and now a popular museum and magnet for motorcycle, car and aviation enthusiasts.
The Edwardian motor course has fired his imagination since childhood and has become a natural subject for his photography. Using both digital and classic film cameras he works to catch the spirit of this evocative venue and capture the drama of the golden era.
Link to website: Paul Hitchens