Who is Kieran?
Self-taught artist Kieran Roberts, with a passion for the race cars of the 1960s and 70s, creates detailed artwork, giclee prints on paper and canvas, and NOW a new range of t-shirts. Read his inspirational story below.
Hi, I’m Kieran Roberts, and I live in my hometown of Invercargill, in the deep south of New Zealand. Born in 1982, I grew up surrounded by motorsport, the family home just a couple of minutes’ drive to Teretonga – the local race circuit, with speedway, Go – Kart and motorcross tracks all within a stones’ throw.
My father raced Go – Karts in his early years, before taking up Midget car racing at speedway, and there was usually motorsport on the tv at the weekends when I wasn’t watching it in the flesh.
"My engineering background comes to the fore in the execution of paintings, with the artworks needing to be as accurate as possible"Kieran Roberts
How it started
I started drawing and painting with water paints when I was about 7 or 8 years old. Simple stick figures soon evolved to more complex pictures using arcrylics, as I started to experiment with abstract art as well as keeping my hand in with painting racing cars. Apart from a few art lessons in school, I’m completely self-taught.
In 1999 I started racing Go-Karts, and later started studying to become an engineer, becoming qualified in 2006.the lack of available time, as well as other interests meant that only a few artworks were completed during this time.
In 2007 I was gifted some un-needed art supplies, re-igniting the creative flame. The first few works created in this period were all abstract, as I experimented with different shapes and colours.
What inspires him?
My favourite period of racing is the 1960s & 70s, when the cars were designed on paper without wind tunnels, and were aesthetically pleasing, while the tracks they raced on were picturesque ribbons of tarmac. Each artwork I create is a celebration of something different. Sometimes its a particular driver, car, track, famous livery, or a combination of any of these.
My interest in the sport is also fairly broad – painting my heroes in Formula One, Can-Am, Le Mans, hill climbing, touring cars, and sports sedans.
As well as painting what inspires me, I also work to commission so you can have your very own personalised artwork of your favourite driver, or car.
What about his art?
After a few years of painting both abstract and motorsport, I now concentrate mainly on motorsport art, in a range of different styles, and my engineering background comes to the fore in the execution of paintings, with the artworks needing to be as accurate as possible. My first works were direct copies from photos, whereas now they are mainly, or completely composed from scratch using a multitude of photos and videos for reference.
I sell the original artworks internationally, as well as high-quality giclee prints on paper and canvas, and I have just started to test the waters, releasing my self-designed tee-shirts, so if there's no room on your wall, you can wear an artwork on your chest.
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