Ian Bilbey is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. Passionate about cars from an early age, Bilbey has owned a multitude of classic cars, from Porsches to Jaguars, vintage racing cars to traditional British sports cars. He is a competing member of the Vintage Sports Car Club.
His current collection of artworks featured this month are all screen-prints and mixed media paintings. Screen-printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink - or in Bilbey's case paint - onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures , and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the paint to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed.
The numbered editions are pure hand pulled screen-prints. Each colour a separate printing.
Those that are termed 'unique' may have one element that is a straight forward layer of screen-printing, but they consist mainly of hand made marks.
Bilbey's clients include: The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Vogue, Honda, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Penguin Books, London Transport, The Daily Telegraph,Vodafone, The BBC, Royal Mail, British Airways, Terence Conran, Paul Smith, Issey Miyake, David Bailey and Eric Clapton.
Historic Car Art has been operating from it's rural Derbyshire base since 2004. A business built over time from a passion for cars, their history and the racing exploits of drivers and manufacturers combined with a great interest in how this has all been depicted over the years in both artwork and promotional advertising.
The founder of the company believes very strongly in bringing high quality products and a first class personal service to its clients. This approach means that Historic Car Art is now a leader in the acquisition and supply of original automotive art and vintage posters, building collections for discerning private and corporate clients worldwide.
Alongside this Historic Car Art publishes the highest quality fine art prints by leading automotive artists. Using only the best materials each print is produced in small limited edition runs and is signed and numbered by the artist.
Andrew Barber is the latest addition to Historic Car Art's curated artist collection. Andrew talks to Rupert Whyte of Historic Car Art about his background and influences. ...