Tony Smith

The Italian Job Lives 3 by Tony Smith
The Italian Job Lives 2 by Tony Smith
The Italian Job Lives I by Tony Smith
Moss - Maserati - Monaco - Magic by Tony Smith
1-2 Monaco Grand Prix 2009 (Jenson Button & Rubens Barrichello) by Tony Smith
Coming Through (Valentino Rossi taking Casey Stoner) by Tony Smith
A Mini Break by Tony Smith
A Defining Point (Lewis Hamilton overtakes Timo Glock) by Tony Smith
Fan-Tastic (Lewis Hamilton) by Tony Smith
My Champion (Lewis Hamilton & Kimi Raikkonen) by Tony Smith
Three Two Won (Lewis Hamilton, Canadian GP 2007) by Tony Smith
Italian Job 8 - Reflections by Tony Smith
An Italian Job by Tony Smith
Fourth Mini Monte IV by Tony Smith
The sheer thrill and raw, undiluted excitement associated with motor racing has never been more graphically illustrated than by the considered and celebrated brushstrokes of the hugely popular motorsport artist, Tony Smith. Be it the high octane visual spectacle of the Monte Carlo Rally or Formula One British GP at historic Silverstone, you can be sure that Smith has been in the thick of the illustrative action, manifesting some of the most realistic visual accounts of some of the most exhilarating battles the world of motorsport has ever borne witness to. Period.
For Smith, motor racing has been in the blood for as long as he cares to remember, and long before he made the epic cycle ride (another one of his early passions) from his native Birmingham to Silverstone so as to watch the F1 British GP back in 1948, which itself made something of a lasting impression on the youngster.

In terms of the art, and both Smith and his brother, Gerald had been privy to their father’s many painting materials throughout their upbringing in Britain’s second city, as Smith Snr pursued a professional artistic career. Having said that, and despite the nurturing of his son’s prodigious creative gift during his formative years, his parents insisted that when the time came Smith Jnr should forget about art as a living and instead find himself a more secure vocation.

So irrespective of Smith graduating from art school (where his choice of muse would always be that of a racing car) with a distinction to his name, he was coerced into following a more structured and regularly-incomed career as a commercial graphic designer and illustrator in one of Birmingham’s biggest advertising agencies. However Smith perpetuated his love affair with a more traditional art in his spare time to keep his hand and eye in, with a view to pursuing his childhood dream sometime in the future.

In the end Smith did get his own way, sometime after completing his National Service, which he undertook five years into his career with the advertising agency, citing that his heart lay in this field above and beyond any other. In spite of being an unreserved petrolhead as we’ve already gathered from both this bio and the accompanying visual documentation drawn upon in his works available elsewhere on site, Smith didn’t solely focus on the racing car down the years, with his picture perfect portraits encompassing planes, trains and even military vistas and depictions. However it was never long before Smith returns to his first love and the perpetual challenge of capturing speed in motor racing that occupies most of his time, be it historic events or modern F1.

Aside from his painting, Smith – and it may not come as a huge surprise to learn – loves to work on building his own sports cars from scratch away from the canvas and palette, and we discover on closer scrutiny that Smith once converted a sprint car for road use before he was old enough to even hold a driving licence! Even today he still constructs sports cars, which sees him combine his two enduring passions, cars and painting and still continues to be inspired by both subjects. “I am surrounded by inspiration”, Smith insists, adding: “The views from my home (in Worcestershire’s Teme Valley today) and studio are magnificent, a landscape artist’s paradise in fact. Unfortunately I do not paint landscapes”.
Admittedly Smith may never have painted a purely civilian panorama as such, but he has we have on good authority originated the likeness of various women in a strictly portraiture capacity.

Smith suggests that an exhibition by Pietro Anigoni initially inspired him many years ago, and so began a period of portraits of ladies, which he found to be both exciting and stimulating, as well as a complete departure from his motor racing stock imagery. But at the same time, Smith recounts his sojourn with portraiture as being nerve-wracking too, and he soon returned to more familiar motorsport territory. Which was great news for his army of followers and serious collectors alike, who’ve made it their business to further Smith’s to date.

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