Canadian artist Paul Chenard's work is available in the UK exclusively from Historic Car Art. His fine drawings using Prismacolor pencils and pastels have to be seen to be really appreciated.
Paul Chenard has a professional background as a graphic designer with more than 25 years experience, but his passion is for the history of automobile racing.
Paul started collecting vintage toy racecars at the end of the 1980's and this led to picking items, books and reference material on racing history. After a few years of more collecting and studying all of this, he decided to transfer his accumulated knowledge to paper in the form of illustrations and stories.
"Through my motor sports artwork, I'm trying to capture the "feeling" that the spectator has watching the race, their favorite driver in battle or the classic racecar at rest. I'm also trying to feature the stories that give racing history depth and texture ..."
"My favorite drivers are many; I usually have heroes from each period of racing. I love Tazio Nuvolari from the '30s for his passion and skill; Juan Manuel Fangio was a shy humble gentleman and artist on the track; Sir Stirling Moss, who could win in whatever he drove; Sir Jack Brabham, with his single-minded push for success as a racer and builder; and of course Gilles Villeneuve, his fearlessness and driving art, nicely summed up at Dijon in 1979."